Analecta Cyber Company Blog: Chick-fil-A says customer data may have been hacked

2015-09-22

Chick-fil-A says customer data may have been hacked

Reports confirmed that within the previous year, about four out of 10 companies suffered a data breach and Chick-fil-A may be one of them. Security reports further stated that a security breach may be linked to Chick-fil-A locations in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.



Though the Chick-fil-A said they are working with IT security firms, law enforcement and payment industry contacts to investigate, the company hasn't disclosed when or where exactly the breach may have happened.

In its statement, the company said that if a security breach is discovered, customers won't be liable for any fraudulent charges and that the company or the bank that issued the card will be the one responsible.

Customers advised to review bank records


Last year, alerts were issued to several financial institutions about a breach at an unnamed retailer. One financial institution that received that alert said the bank had nearly 9,000 customer cards and that the only common point-of-purchase was Chick-fil-A locations.

Security experts recommend conducting a daily check of credit card activity, to ensure that unusual activities will be noticed immediately, especially “micro charges". Hackers use these small amounts of around $1 or $2 to test whether a card is active, allowing them to sell the cards to other crooks for a much higher prices.

With a new security standard in credit cards set to take effect toward the end of the year, security experts are warning the public that cyber scammers will take advantage of the remaining months to attack at any opportunity. This is primarily because it will be harder for them to hack cards after the new security standards are implemented.