Ever since the huge data breach at Target in 2014, it seems that news comes in nearly every day about another big company that got hacked.
The list has become pretty lengthy. It started with Target, expanded to Home Depot, J.P. Morgan, Jimmy Johns, Wendy's, P.F. Chang's ... the list has grown too lengthy to count.
In fact, a recent study shows that 90 percent - yes 90 percent - of consumer product companies have fallen victim to data breaches. To make matters worse, the study also found that 48 percent of company executives acknowledge the fact that their company doesn't have adequate data privacy software installed with little-to-no safeguards attached.
Now, we can add yet another place to that never-ending list: Pizza chain CiCi's. The company announced that it found malware in its payment systems that affect more than 130 of its locations in 17 different states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
CiCi's official statement notes that while the matter is still under investigation, the breach dates back to 2015 and not all credit and debit cards have been compromised and that no other customer information other than payment information had been taken.
CiCi's is working with all the major banks and law enforcement to make everything right again and makes the following suggestions if you think you could potentially be a victim.
- Keep an eye on all of your bank statements.
- Immediately report any fraudulent activity you see on any of your payment cards.
- Get a free credit report from a company like Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.
- If your card has been affected or if your identity has been stolen, contact the Federal Trade Commission right away at 1-877-IDTHEFT and file a police report.
- You can also place your accounts under fraud alert and look into putting a security freeze on your credit file.