Credit card breaches are far too common these days. Wendy’s, one of the largest fast food chains in the United States, has fallen victim to one of these attacks. Various outlets have been affected, and the company will extend an offer to affected customers. It remains to be seen how useful one year of free fraud consultation and identity restoration is, though.
Wendy’s Data Breach: What We Know So Far
Larger chains are always subject to more disconcerting attacks. In the case of Wendy’s, there are so many different locations throughout the US, a data breach was bound to happen at some point. Interestingly enough, only select outlets were affected during this attack. In the end, credit card details of a lot of customers were stolen.
The investigation into this matter has been going on for quite some time now. By the look of things, malware has been used to infect various point of sale terminals used in Wendy’s locations. Issues started to appear back in February of 2016, as the company had found evidence of malware on local POS devices.
Things took a turn for the worse on June 9th, as additional cyber attacks had been noted in different locations. Luckily, the malware used by these Internet criminals has been disabled, and no further harm was done since that date. For now, it looks like the assailants obtained third-party service provider credentials to access and deploy the malware.
“We recommend that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing credit card account statements and monitoring your credit report for unauthorized activity. To assist you, Wendy’s has now arranged to offer one year of complimentary fraud consultation and identity restoration services to all customers who used a payment card at a potentially affected restaurant during the time when the restaurant may have been affected.”
Affected users are offered one free year of identity consultation and identity restoration services, courtesy of Wendy’s. Users who sign up for this offer will not be charged once this free year has passed, as it will expire automatically. However, users can opt to renew this contract if they are satisfied with the service.
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