Medical data, personal data targeted as part of hack of Dillons pharmacy locations

Customers of the pharmacies at area Dillons grocery stores may have had some of their personal and medical data stolen as part of a security breach, the retailer announced Friday.

Dillons’ parent company, The Kroger Co. said a software company it uses as part of its pharmacy operations had been breached. The software company, Accellion, was used to transfer certain patient pharmacy and clinic records, Kroger said in a news release.

“While Kroger has no indication of fraud or misuse of personal information as a result of this incident, out of an abundance of caution Kroger has arranged to offer credit monitoring to all affected individuals at no cost to them,” Kroger said in the release.

Affected customers will be notified directly by Kroger and told how to take advantage of the credit monitoring service.

Kroger said the investigation thus far suggested that the types of sensitive information that had been involved in the breach included: Social Security numbers, dates of birth, prescription information, doctor information, medical history, and certain clinical service information, such as when a patient was ordered a flu test, for example.

Kroger said the security breach did not involve any data related to its grocery store business, and that no credit card, debit card or digital wallet information was affected.


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