Breach Brief – Arby’s
Eaten at an Arby’s lately? Well now is a good time to check your bank and credit card statements. Arby’s Restaurant Group reported that some of the payments systems at 1,000 corporate owned stores have been breached.
According to KrebsOnSecurity the chain did not immediately release the information to the public by request of the FBI. PSCU credit union issued an alert to member banks saying the incident occurred between October 25, 2016, and January 19, 2017, and compromised more than 355,000 credit and debit cards from both Visa and MasterCard. Arby’s says as soon as the breach was uncovered it took immediate steps to fully eradicate the malware on point-of-sale systems. The investigation is ongoing.
Last year fast food restaurant Wendy’s was also hit by a serious breach. Becasue the malware could not be fully removed from the company’s systems customers accounts were repeatedly compromised. As a result banks and credit unions were forced re-issue payment cards multiple times.
Christopher Fuller, Arby’s senior vice president of communications said of the breach, “Although there are over 1,000 corporate Arby’s restaurants, not all of the corporate restaurants were affected. But this is the most important point: That we have fully contained and eradicated the malware that was on our point-of-sale systems.”