Where's the beef? It's with Wendy's and its data breach.
Back in January, the popular fast food chain began investigating a data breach. The breach was identified when malicious software was found within Wendy's point-of-sale systems, which are used to process payments from customers. If you missed our original coverage on this story, click here.
The malware was able to obtain cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates, cardholder verification values, service codes, and other data.
At first, it was thought that the breach only affected 300 locations or roughly 5 percent of its stores. Now, we're learning that the breach is far, far worse as the company admits those numbers have tripled.
As of press time, Wendy's hasn't released the totals, but "tripled" isn't a good sign at at all.
The most details about the breach can be found on the State of California Department of Justice/Office of the Attorney General's Data Security Breach site. Here, you can see which Wendy's locations were affected, from which dates, and what action to take.
WHAT TO DO
If you've been to Wendy's anytime this year, here's what you'll want to do to keep your account safe:
- Wendy's would like concerned customers to call 866-770-0485 with any questions or concerns, or even to sign up for free fraud consultation.
- Keep an eye on your credit reports. If there's anything fishy going on, contact your bank or credit card provider and don't be afraid to freeze your accounts.
- Keep an eye on your emails too. You should be notified if you've been a part of the breach. Also, make sure your email account has a strong password. Click here to see if you can spot the signs, and take our phishing IQ test.
- If a breach happens, scammers take action too. If you get an email regarding the breach, make sure you confirm that the email is real before you take action.
- If you go back to Wendy's, use cash.