Arby's reports data breach

Arby's reports data breach

Arby's reports data breach

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A 2016 breach at certain Wendy's franchisee locations caused disproportionate headaches for credit unions, in part because the impact persisted for some time before the breach was acknowledged. The Arby's situation carries added interest because Wendy's owns 18% of the chain. This breach was reported more promptly; however it impacted corporate-owned Arby's locations rather than franchises. - Glen Sarvady

Atlanta-based Arby’s has reported a possible data breach.

Arby's Restaurant Group said late Friday that customers at its company-owned locations may have had their payment card information compromised over a nearly three-month period at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.

The incident appears to be similar if not the same incident that was reported by Fortune Magazine on Feb. 9.

In its March 10 notification to customers, Arby’s said it found malware on its point of sale systems that may have allowed an intruder to access data from payment cards, during a period from October 20, 2016 to January 12, 2017.

“In some instances, the malware appears to have identified data from the card’s magnetic stripe that included the cardholder name and number and in other instances the card data identified by the malware did not appear to include the cardholder name,” the company said. “It is possible that not every card was identified.”

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