Kroger is latest victim of third-party software data breach

BOSTON (AP) – Kroger Co. says it was among the multiple victims of a data breach involving a third-party vendor’s file-transfer service.

It says it is notifying potentially impacted customers and offering them free credit monitoring.

The Cincinnati-based grocery and pharmacy chain said in a statement Friday that it believes less than 1 percent of its customers were affected as well as some current and former employees because a number of personnel records were apparently viewed.

Kroger said it was among victims of the December hack of a file-transfer product from Accellion, a California-based company. Other victims include the University of Colorado and Washington State’s auditor.

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