King Kullen says his computer system has been hacked, affecting electronic payments


King Kullen’s computer systems were hacked, affecting the grocer’s ability to accept electronic payments, according to the company’s president.

On September 16, the Hauppauge-based grocery chain suffered an “unauthorized entry into our corporate computer systems, causing the disruption of certain functions in stores and corporate offices,” said Joseph W. Brown, president and Chief Operating Officer of King’s Kullen. in a press release on Friday.

The breach affected the chain’s ability to process debit and credit card payments, he said. It also affected the processing of payments made by Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT, which allows participants in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program, to pay for food with special debit cards. .

King Kullen’s computer systems are now functional, Brown said, but he did not say when the issue was resolved.

When asked by Newsday if any thefts had been committed by customers, King Kullen said: “There is no data stored on our system that would allow access to credit or debit activity from customers. clients.”

A forensic examination showed that the database of the company’s employees had not been compromised, Brown said.

The grocer is “working with the appropriate authorities” to identify the source of the breach and tighten his security measures to protect against future incidents, Brown said.

King Kullen declined to provide more information on the hack, including the source of the breach, the date the issue was resolved, the number of stores affected, and the names of the law enforcement agencies involved. in the survey.

King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc. owns 29 King Kullen grocery stores and five Wild by Nature health food stores, all located on Long Island.


Gordon K. Morehouse