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If You Eat At Wendy’s, You Were Probably Hacked

Posted 7/07/2016 10:02 pm by

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Of the major fast food chains in the United States, my favorite is probably Wendy’s.  I’m not sure why.  My mom loves the Frosty.  I think the reason why I like Wendy’s, though, is because of the chili.  I love chili, and I don’t always want to make it for myself or open a can of it purchased from a store.  To me, Wendy’s chili hits a very specific craving profile that is difficulty for anything else to reach.  I’ll eat homemade chili, then a week later want Wendy’s chili.  In fact, I went to Wendy’s for lunch today and I paid with a credit card.  Turns out, that might not be safe.  Some 1025 Wendy’s locations in the United States have been hacked, allowing credit card information to be stolen.

According to a statement from Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor, here’s what was potentially stolen:  “Based on the facts known to Wendy’s at this time, the additional malware targeted the following payment card data: cardholder name, credit or debit card number, expiration date, cardholder verification value, and service code.  Please note that the cardholder verification value that may have been put at risk is not the three or four digit value that is printed on the back or front of cards, which is sometimes used in online transactions.”

Fortunately, Wendy’s has put up a website that allows you to search for the impacted restaurants in your area.  From the looks of things, I’m in the clear, but a lot of other people aren’t.  See if your credit card information was exposed to hackers by searching here.

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