Wendy's says the 1,025 US restaurants where hackers stole credit and debit card information don't include any in MS, but included one in Louisiana, 17 in Alabama and 39 in Georgia. Hackers may have targeted the Paso Robles restaurant between January 13 and June 8. The breach affects about 18 percent of the fast-food chain's USA locations. As noted in Credit Unions Feeling Pinch in Wendy's Breach, the CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions believes the losses their members have suffered from cards compromised at Wendy's locations so far eclipse those that came in the wake of the huge card breaches at Target and Home Depot.
The hamburger chain said Thursday hackers were able to obtain card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the card, beginning in late fall.
The company urged customers to check their accounts for fraudulent purchases.
In May, Wendy's said malware was found in fewer than 300 restaurants.
Wendy's encourages customers to review their bank and credit card statements and to monitor for fraud and identity theft.
Wendy's is offering one year of free credit monitoring to anyone who paid with a debit or credit card at any of its affected locations.
"In a world where malicious cyberattacks have unfortunately become all too common for merchants, we are committed to doing what is necessary to protect our customers", Penegor stated.
In all, 17 Wendy's restaurants in Alabama are affected.
About a month later, it said two types of malware were found and the number of restaurants affected was 'considerably higher'.