Wendy's Investigating a Possible Credit Card Breach

January 27, 2016, Written By Bill Hardekopf
SEASIDE CA/USA - MARCH 27 2014: Wendy's fast food restaurant exterior and sign. Wendy's is the world's third largest hamburger fast food chain with approximately 6650 locations.

Fast-food chain Wendy’s told Krebs on Security that it is investigating a possible credit card breach at some locations.

Bob Bertini, spokesperson for the Ohio-based restaurants, said the company started receiving reports earlier this month from payment industry contacts about a potential breach. Wendy’s hired a security firm to investigate the situation.

“Reports indicate that fraudulent charges may have occurred elsewhere after the cards were legitimately used at some of our restaurants,” Bertini said. “We’ve hired a cybersecurity firm and launched a comprehensive and active investigation that’s underway to try to determine the facts.”

The company has reported they do not yet know how long the breach may have gone on, or how many stores may have been affected. Bertini also said they don’t know if the incident is contained.

“We began investigating immediately, and the period of time we’re looking at the incidents is late last year,” he said. “We know it’s [affecting] some restaurants but it’s not appropriate just yet to speculate on anything in terms of scope.”

Krebs initially heard reports that the breaches seemed to originate from the Midwest, but now they have received reports from financial institutions on the East Coast as well.

Wendy’s operates 6,500 franchises in the United States and 28 other countries.



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