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Wendy’s restaurants hacked, here’s what you need to know

by Todd Haselton | July 9, 2016July 9, 2016 4:00 pm PDT


Wendy’s restaurants said Friday that it has started to contact customers who may have been affected by a major security breach into its systems over the past several months. Wendy’s first reported the February attack in May, but followed up last month with a report noting that new malware had been discovered, which meant more customers are affected. All of the affected restaurants are in the United States.

“We recommend that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing credit card account statements and monitoring your credit report for unauthorized activity,” Wendy’s President and CEO Todd Penegor said, noting that its affected customers can opt to receive a year of free fraud consultation and identity restoration services. Customers with questions can call 866-779-0485 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central.

“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 said. “We will continue to work diligently with our investigative team to apply what we have learned from these incidents and further strengthen our data security measures.”

If you visited a Wendy’s at all this year, you should check this list to see if you visited one of the breached restaurants. If so, give that number above a call.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...