Wendy’s Credit Card Breach Is ‘Considerably’ Bigger Than They Originally Said — Time To Check Your Statements

Danny Cox - Author
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Jun. 11 2016, Updated 7:21 p.m. ET

Earlier this week, Wendy’s restaurants revealed that they had been hit with a credit card breach that saw a lot of customers’ data come under fire. Now, reports are coming out that the breach is getting much larger and it is “considerably” bigger than Wendy’s originally reported, which means that everyone should check their statements to see if there is any suspicious activity.

It was originally back in January that Wendy’s revealed their security breach of credit card data, but here it is six months later and it’s gotten bigger. Well, it hasn’t actually gotten bigger, but Wendy’s has revealed that it ismuch bigger than they originally reported.

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“Based on the preliminary findings of the previously-disclosed investigation, the Company reported on May 11 that malware had been discovered on the point of sale (POS) system at fewer than 300 franchised North America Wendy’s restaurants. An additional 50 franchise restaurants were also suspected of experiencing, or had been found to have, other cybersecurity issues.”

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This is leading to Wendy’s directing its “investigator to continue to investigate.” While news of the data breach isn’t exactly new and earth-shattering, the news of it being this large is extremely concerning for customers.

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As reported by NBC News, the discovery by Wendy’s came in the form of a variant of malware that was discovered and reported to have affected a POS system that was previously believed to be unaffected. Any cases found have been disabled by Wendy’s investigators.

Wendy’s did go on to say that the investigation has revealed that any company-owned restaurants were not impacted or affected by the malware activity. Still, customers aren’t happy and regular patron Justin Eyer is rather concerned about the whole thing as he told Fox 45 Now.

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“That’s not good. I would love to learn what they are doing about it.”

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Security experts say that the credit card fraud at Wendy’s allowed hackers to remotely access payment data. One never knows where hackers may have their equipment or access and some believe it is like “playing Russian roulette” every time you swipe your card in any location.

One of the main things that customers would like is a list of the affected Wendy’s locations and which ones have been hit by the credit card breach. Instead of having to keep checking their statements, they would like to know if there is even a chance their information has been compromised.

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