Cici’s & Wendy’s Security Breaches
If you’ve used a credit or debit card at Wendy’s or Cici’s since about November of last year, your card data may have been exposed in a data breach.
Wendy’s is now admitting the breach it acknowledged in January of this year affects MANY more than the 300 restaurants it originally claimed were involved.
On 6/16/16, Krebs on Security reported:
When news broke last month that the credit card breach at fast food chain Wendy’s impacted fewer than 300 out of the company’s 5,800 locations, the response from many readers was, “Where’s the Breach?” Today, Wendy’s said the number of stores impacted by the breach is “significantly higher” and that the intrusion may not yet be contained.
…three credit union CEOs…said the fraud they’ve experienced so far from the Wendy’s breach has eclipsed what they were hit with in the wake of the Home Depot and Target breaches.
Wendy’s has been notifying customers via email where possible and in a statement to Krebs on Security said, “Customers may call a toll-free number (888-846-9467) or email PaymentCardUpdate@wendys.com with specific questions.”
Click here for Wendy’s official update on the matter.
The Cici’s breach may actually be worse, because hackers appear to have taken over Cici’s Point-Of-Sale system (the system that handles their electronic purchase transactions) and are continuing to slurp up customers’ card details even as Cici’s fails to publicly address the problem.
On 6/3/16 Krebs on Security reported:
Over the past two months, KrebsOnSecurity has received inquiries from fraud fighters at more than a half-dozen financial institutions in the United States — all asking if I had any information about a possible credit card breach at CiCi’s. Every one of these banking industry sources said the same thing: They’d detected a pattern of fraud on cards that all had all been used in the last few months at various CiCi’s Pizza locations.
In a 6/16/16 update, Krebs reported:
Over the weekend, I heard from a source who said that since November 2015 he’s been tracking a collection of hacked cash registers. This point-of-sale botnet currently includes more than 100 infected systems, and according to the administrative panel for this crime machine at least half of the compromised systems are running a malicious Microsoft Windows process called cicipos.exe.
Since Cici’s hasn’t even acknowledged there’s a problem, it’s up to consumers who may have used a card there during the past eight months (or more) to keep a watchful eye on their accounts and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.
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