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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Hannaford for Data Breach

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A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Hannaford Bros. on behalf of the consumers whose credit card and debit card numbers were stolen when the company’s computers were hacked.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday, in the U.S. District Court in Portland and claims the supermarket chain was negligent in providing adequate computer data security.

The class action lawsuit follows a security breach that compromised 4.2 million credit card and debit cards leading to over 1,800 fraud cases.

Hannaford discovered the breach on February 27, upon further investigating they found the data breach began on December 7 and wasn’t contained until March 10.

All 165 Hannaford stores located in New England and New York were affected, as well as 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida.

While this security breach is ranked as one of the largest in U.S. history, it is smaller than the 45.7 million credit and debit cards that were exposed at TJX Cos., in 2005.