AWG Data Breach: 2-Day Unauthorized Access in October

By
Will Gendron
May 6, 2024 4:10 PM
Explore the recent data breach at AWG involving names and SSNs. Learn steps to protect your identity if affected.

The October 2023 Data Breach

On or about October 6, 2023, Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) detected unusual activity within their systems, indicating a breach had occurred. Immediate steps were taken to investigate and contain the incident. With the assistance of privacy counsel Mullen Coughlin and a third-party digital forensic team, AWG confirmed that an unauthorized actor had accessed their systems between October 6 and October 7, 2023. The breach involved unauthorized access and potential extraction of sensitive data.

Information Exposed

  • Name
  • Social Security Number

Associated Wholesale Grocers's Response

Upon discovering the breach, AWG engaged experts to secure the systems and mitigate any potential impact. They reported the incident to federal law enforcement and began a thorough review of the affected files to understand the scope of the exposure. AWG has also taken steps to strengthen their security systems to prevent future incidents. They are providing 12 months of free credit monitoring and identity restoration services through Equifax to those impacted. Additionally, AWG has been proactive in offering advice on how to protect against identity theft and fraud, and has notified all relevant state regulators and major credit reporting agencies.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected by the Data Breach

If you believe you might be affected by this data breach, it is crucial to remain vigilant by monitoring your financial accounts and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. Consider taking advantage of the free credit monitoring service offered by AWG. It's also advisable to place a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your credit reports, which can help prevent new credit accounts from being opened in your name without your consent. For detailed instructions on how to enroll in credit monitoring, visit Equifax.

Furthermore, regularly check your credit reports, which can be accessed for free annually from each of the major credit bureaus at AnnualCreditReport.com. If you detect any suspicious activity, report it immediately to your financial institution and consider filing a report with the Federal Trade Commission through IdentityTheft.gov.

About Associated Wholesale Grocers

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nation's largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets, supporting over 3,400 locations across 31 states. Their mission is to provide member-retailers with all necessary tools, products, and services to compete effectively in the markets served, at the lowest possible cost.

For further details on the breach and AWG's response, you can view the official notice filed with the Maine Attorney General's office.

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