Report: Wendy’s Possibly Breached

Jan. 28, 2016

Report: Wendy’s Possibly Breached Burger chain Wendy’s yesterday acknowledged it is investigating a possible network security breach affecting payment cards used at its various locations. First reported by security blogger Brian Krebs, Wendy’s said it heard from its “payment industry contacts” earlier this month about fraud showing up on cards that traced back to some of the restaurant chain’s locations as a common point of use.

“We have received this month from our payment industry contacts reports of unusual activity involving payment cards at some of our restaurant locations,” Brian Bertini, spokesperson for the Dublin, Ohio-based fast-food retailer, told Krebs. “Reports indicate that fraudulent charges may have occurred elsewhere after the cards were legitimately used at some of our restaurants. We’ve hired a cybersecurity firm and launched a comprehensive and active investigation that’s underway to try to determine the facts.”

The company said it has no other information about whether, if the breach actually occurred, it has been contained, how long its systems have been exposed or how many of its locations have been affected.