Walla Walla's Baker Boyer Bank reissues compromised cards

December 3, 2013 

— Walla Walla’s Baker Boyer Bank reported Tuesday that bank employees have made progress in reissuing credit and debit cards after a cyberattack targeting Spokane’s URM Stores Inc.

URM Stores, a grocery wholesaler, processes electronic payments made by shoppers at Yoke's, Rosauers, Super 1 Foods, Family Foods, CenterPlace Market and Trading Co. stores.

Yoke’s officials confirmed the chain’s stores in the Tri-Cities were among those affected.

The bank, which has an office in Kennewick, had about 2,400 clients whose credit and debit card numbers were among those stolen, bank officials said.

After Baker Boyer Bank was notified of the compromised cards on Friday, bank officials decided to block and reissue new cards to the affected clients.

“Unfortunately, online thieves are always going to be looking for new ways to get information,” said Mark Kajita, incoming president of Baker Boyer, in a statement. “We are continually investing in the most current technology to protect client information and minimize the impact on them in the process. But when we do identify risks to accounts, we take proactive action.”

While data including names and card numbers were compromised, bank officials said addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers were not.

Kajita said that any customers who have experienced problems during this process should contact a bank representative at any of Baker Boyer Bank branches for assistance or call customer service at (509) 525-2000 or (800) 234-792.3

All other checking services are functioning normally, including check processing and online transactions, according to bank officials.

For more information, go to www.bakerboyer.com/privacy-security.

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