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 Money reports that cybercrooks have infiltrated Safeway stores in California and Colorado with card "skimming" scams that have affected a number of customers.

"Skimming," the story explains, is when "criminals scan and store card data, usually via small devices, and then use the accounts for their own purposes."

Safeway has confirmed that it is investigating skimming incidents in a number of stores, but has not said how many or the extent of the hacking.

Security expert Brian Krebs first reported the breach on his website, and Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling responded, “We have an excellent track record in this area. In fact, we inspect our store’s pin pads regularly and from time to time find a skimmer, but findings have been limited and small in scale. We immediately contact law enforcement and take steps to minimize customer impact.”
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