A new year, a new wave of breaches. Following an eventful 2014, Chick-fil-A may be first latest retailer to face a payment card data breach in 2015.
What happened? Financial institutions alerted Chick-fil-A to unusual transactions involving nearly 9,000 consumer credit and debit cards, with the fast food restaurant being the common connection.
What information was breached? The restaurant chain says it first learned of the possible breach on December 19 after “limited suspicious payment card activity appearing to originate from payment cards used in a few of our restaurants.”
Who was affected? According to Krebs, possible security breach may be linked to locations in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia,
When did it occur? The report notes that alerts were sent to several U.S. financial institutions about a breach from early December 2013 through September 30, 2014.
What they’re saying: “We want to assure our customers we are working hard to investigate these events and will share additional facts as we are able to do so. If the investigation reveals that a breach has occurred, customers will not be liable for any fraudulent charges to their accounts — any fraudulent charges will be the responsibility of either Chick-fil-A or the bank that issued the card. If our customers are impacted, we will arrange for free identity protection services, including credit monitoring.”
With the number of breaches on the rise, can you ensure that your network is protected? As we kick off 2015, don’t forget to read up on the latest security trends, topics and more from last year here.