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Wendy's Data Breach May Have Affected More Than 1,000 Restaurants

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By    |   Friday, 08 Jul 2016 11:52 AM

Wendy's restaurants suffered a data breach at more than 1,000 of its restaurants, where malware was uploaded on point-of-sale systems that could have stolen credit and debit card information.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the burger giant is now offering free fraud consultation and identity restoration services for people affected by the data breach, which was first reported in February. All of the 1,052 stores affected by the breach were owned by franchisees.

"We are committed to protecting our customers and keeping them informed," Todd Penegor, president and chief executive officer of Wendy's said in a statement Thursday. "We sincerely apologize to anyone who has been inconvenienced as a result of these highly sophisticated, criminal cyberattacks involving some Wendy's restaurants."

"We have conducted a rigorous investigation to understand what has occurred and apply those learnings to further strengthen our data security measures," Penegor's statement continued.

On Thursday, Wendy's provided information about specific restaurant locations that may have been affected by the malware, which all happened to be in the United States.

The company also announced a website link, www.wendys.com/notice, which will give updated information about the data breach and where customers can turn to for help.

According to that website, Wendy's officials said the malware targeted the cardholder name, credit or debit card number, expiration date, cardholder verification value, and service code.

"The company worked with investigators to disable the malware involved in the first attack earlier this year," Wendy's initial statement said. "Soon after detecting the malware variant involved in the latest attack, the company identified a method of disabling it and thereafter disabled it in all franchisee restaurants where it was discovered."

"The investigation has confirmed that criminals used malware believed to have been effectively deployed on some Wendy's franchisee systems starting in late fall 2015," the statement continued.

There are 5,726 Wendy's restaurants in the United States, with 582 owned by the company, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

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