Hackers steal customer data by accessing supermarket database

Sunday 15th August, 03:50 AM JST

OSAKA – Hackers stole customer data from eight online supermarkets in Japan, including Uny Co. and Neo Beat Co, in July using a hacking technique called SQL injection to access their databases, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.

A source close to Neo Beat, which also operates the websites of these online supermarkets, said it believes that the approximately 30,000 unauthorized accesses to its database server were likely ‘‘perpetrated by a group of professional hackers.’‘

The accesses, which were conducted from Japan and China on July 24-26, resulted in the theft of data on a total of 12,191 customers of the Osaka-based company as well as its seven business partners including supermarket chains Izumiya Co, Maruetsu Inc and Ryukyu Jusco Co.

Neo Beat has since filed a damage report with the Osaka prefectural police, and the companies have closed their online markets since late last month. Police investigators are now looking into the case and gathering relevant information.

Some major credit card companies have confirmed cases in which the credit card data stolen by the hackers in the July incident were used by third parties to buy goods.

An official at a credit card company said there have been more than 100 cases in which such parties either used or attempted to use the stolen card data.

Although credit card companies do not charge customers whose card data were illicitly used, some card companies have recommended that affected customers get new cards and invalidate their old ones.

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