On March 17 of this year, Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, Maine, stunned the food retailing industry when it announced that a data breach at the checkout lanes of its stores had exposed 4.2 million credit and debit cards to fraudulent misuse. About 1,800 cases of actual card fraud were linked to the breach. While other food retailers have also been struck by data thieves — notably at Stop & Shop last year, and more recently at Lunardi's and BJ's Wholesale Club — the Hannaford breach is ...

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