Supervalu confirms second payment systems breach
BY Vivian Gomez
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Just a little more than a month after Supervalu announced a data breach, the company has confirmed a second malware attack on its payment systems.
On Aug. 14, Supervalu announced that it had experienced a criminal intrusion into the portion of its computer network that processes payment card transactions at some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated standalone liquor stores, but not including its Save-A-Lot stores.
The company believes that the second incident occurred anywhere between late August and early September 2014. Different malware from the one installed in the first incident was discovered in the payment systems at some of its Shop ’n Save, Shoppers Food and Pharmacy and Cub Foods owned and franchised stores, including some of its associated standalone liquor stores.
The company believes this was a separate intrusion from the one announced Aug. 14. The company said that it took immediate steps to secure the affected part of its network, and believes it has eradicated the malware. An investigation of this recently discovered incident is underway.
Supervalu also touted its enhanced protective technology, saying that it significantly limited the recently discovered malware’s ability to capture data from payment cards where the malware was installed. Specifically, although the investigation is ongoing, Supervalu believes that this latest breach did not succeed in capturing data from any payment cards used at any stores other than at some checkout lanes at four Cub Foods franchised stores, adding that “even as to the checkout lanes at these four stores, the company has made no determination that any cardholder data was in fact stolen by the intruder.”
The company does not believe that the malware affected any of its Farm Fresh or Hornbacher’s stores, any of its owned or licensed Save-A-Lot stores or any of the independent grocery stores supplied by the company through its independent business network — other than the affected Cub Foods franchised stores.
The company has notified federal law enforcement authorities of this latest incident and is cooperating in their efforts to investigate the matter and identify those responsible.
“We care greatly about our customers, and the safety of their personal information will continue to be a top priority for us,” said president and CEO Sam Duncan. “We’ve taken measures to install enhanced protective technology that we believe significantly limited the ability of this malware to capture payment card data and we will continue to make these investments going forward.”
H.D. Smith names new VP generic pharmaceuticals
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ill. — Wholesaler H.D. Smith last week promoted Dmitrey Kuznetsov to VP generic pharmaceuticals.
In this new role, Kuznetsov will be responsible for the generic pharmaceutical category to improve profits by driving a consistent and comprehensive strategy. Adding to his current responsibilities with generic sourcing, he will assume responsibility for the commercialization of generics. This will allow Kuznetsov to continue to deliver incremental value and still lead H. D. Smith’s generic sourcing activities. In his expanded role, Kuznetsov will help develop programs and pricing initiatives that will optimize generics for H. D. Smith’s customers.
Kuznetsov joined H. D. Smith in 2012 as VP generic pharmaceuticals sourcing, and was responsible for the development, implementation and management of the generic pharmaceuticals sourcing strategy. He led the team in establishing strategic relationships with trading partners that have resulted in H. D. Smith’s competitive generics portfolio. In addition, his team was able to negotiate improved terms and conditions with trading partners that have allowed H. D. Smith to be contemporary with contracts.
NPA brings back Adam Finney as SVP member services
WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association on Monday announced the hire of Adam Finney as SVP member services.
Finney previously served as VP member services with NPA for 10 years before leaving to pursue a position as VP membership and communications at the Food Processing Suppliers Association, where he has worked for the last four years. In his new role, Finney will be directly involved in developing and implementing strategies to grow NPA’s membership base.
“Considering Adam’s proven track record of superior member services, his extensive knowledge and expertise of associations, and his familiarity with NPA’s dynamic membership base and industry issues, there is no one better suited for this position,” said Daniel Fabricant, NPA executive director and CEO. “His addition will ensure our members are being served with the highest level of excellence, while also further solidifying our commitment to expanding our membership in both the near and long term. Additionally, Adam is returning to the association at a time of exciting new initiatives, such as our recently announced partnership with Southeast NPA on the 2014 SOHO EXPO. His involvement in these efforts will prove invaluable over the coming months and he’ll play a key role in making them successful.”
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to rejoin NPA and to work alongside Dr. Fabricant,” Finney said. “Dr. Fabricant has done a tremendous job over the past several months to increase NPA’s visibility, provide more value to members, and ultimately ensure that the association’s membership continues to grow. Since taking over the helm of NPA, Dr. Fabricant has welcomed more than 127 new members to the association, and I’m looking forward to doing my part to guarantee the successes of the past several months continue long into the future," he said. "NPA is growing because Americans want more natural products and our member companies are delivering for them. This is a powerful trend toward natural that will only get stronger as our industry’s products continue to provide healthy and balanced results for millions of families.”
Finney also has served as membership director at the California Credit Union League and director of membership and chapter relations at the California Restaurant Association. He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
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