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Hannaford Reveals Huge Breach

BY CSA STAFF

Portland, Maine Hannaford Bros. grocery chain announced late Monday it has experienced a security breach that has exposed more than 4 million card numbers and led to 1,800 cases of fraud.

Hannaford said credit- and debit-card numbers were stolen during the card-authorization process and about 4.2 million unique card numbers were exposed, placing the case among the largest data breaches in history.

The breach affected all of the East Coast supermarket chain’s 165 namesake stores in the Northeast, 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida and a smaller number of independent groceries that sell Hannaford products.

The company said it is aware of about 1,800 cases of fraud reported so far relating to the breach. The company did say, however, that no personal data such as names, addresses or telephone numbers were divulged, just account numbers.

Hannaford said it became aware of the breach on Feb. 27. According to Carol Eleazer, Hannaford’s VP of marketing, investigators later discovered that the data breach began on Dec. 7, but it wasn’t contained until March 10.

“We have taken aggressive steps to augment our network security capabilities,” Hannaford president and CEO Ronald C. Hodge said in a statement released Monday. “Hannaford doesn’t collect, know or keep any personally identifiable customer information from transactions.”

The company urged its customers to monitor their credit and debit cards for unusual transactions and report any problems to authorities. It also told customers to beware of e-mails and calls from people claiming to represent Hannaford and seeking any personal information.

The U.S. Secret Service has confirmed that it is investigating.  

The case ranks among the largest breaches on record involving retailers, but far fewer cards were exposed than in the largest hack—at TJX Cos., during which it was reported at least 45.7 million cards were exposed, while banks’ court filings put the number at more than 100 million.

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The Great Indoors

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Given environmental concerns and efforts to get consumers in the United States into the fresh air—where public health advocates hope they will get a little exercise—it is hardly surprising that natural motifs have become even more iconic.

American consumers like their home decor to reflect popular virtues, so natural looks have been moving indoors. The trend has been particularly apparent in domestics, where patterns and colors have reflected landscapes, forestscapes or desertscapes, and has become more evident in other categories that have a strong decorative element.

Gibson Overseas, at the Housewares Show, is introducing Organic Luxury, a line that incorporates these so-called eco-friendly design themes in patterns such as Stilwell, a graphic branch and leaf look (pictured), and Whisper Leaf, more abstract, yet still reliant on a natural device.

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It’S All Good in the Hoodie

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When it comes to dressing kids, the juxtaposition between fashion and function couldn’t be more important. The apparel must fit the on-the-go lifestyle that’s filled with all sorts of acrobatics and appeal to the tastes of the youthful crowd.

The hoodie caters to both needs with perfection. A stable item for boys and girls, the new styles of hoodies go beyond the typical sweatshirt. Brands like Levi’s (pictured) and Dickies have rolled out new collections that add flair with embroidery, applique, thermal lining and details in pockets and collars. Designers found no limit in rolling out hundreds of styles that will appeal to the pickiest kid on the block.

Thanks to its year-round appeal, the hoodie can carry over from season to season, growing especially popular for the back-to-school season.

Boys’ styles feature the use of plaid in the details, like in the lining of the hood or as a base for cut-out logos. Girls prefer more delicate embroidery and silver-foiled prints on the fabric.

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