Credit union replaces 18,400 debit cards after Raley's incident

Redwood Credit Union is reissuing 18,400 debit cards for customers whose financial information may have been stolen in what was described Thursday as a sophisticated cyber attack targeting the Raley's supermarket chain.

The number of potential victims is likely much greater than that reported Thursday by Santa Rosa-based Redwood, which is among several financial institutions that have customers who shop at Raley's, Bel Air and Nob Hill stores. The company operates 115 stores in California and 13 in Northern Nevada.

Anne Benjamin, Redwood's chief operating officer, said Thursday she could not recall another instance in which so many of the credit union's customers potentially have been affected by a cyber attack targeting a retailer.

She said such cases "happen a lot, and it happens to all financial institutions."

She said as of Thursday, Redwood had confirmed 200 "fraud-related cases from the Raley's stores."

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