McDonald’s Suffers Data Breach


Employee and customer personal information was accessed in South Korea and Taiwan.

(Photo: McDonald’s)

Last week, meat-processing provider JBS was targeted with ransomware and yesterday EA reported that hackers breached its servers. Now McDonald’s has announced that it also suffered a recent data breach.

As Reuters reports, outside consultants working for the world’s largest restaurant chain confirmed that unauthorized activity was detected on the company’s systems in South Korea and Taiwan. In both cases, the hackers gained access to employee and customer personal information, but it did not include payment details.

“While we were able to close access immediately upon identification, our investigation determined that very few files were accessed, some of which contained personal data,” McDonald’s said in a statement. For context, McDonald’s operates 447 restaurants in South Korea and 413 in Taiwan.

Anyone whose information was accessed can expect to contact McDonald’s and the company is also in contact with local regulators. Affected individuals are usually offered assistance and free access to personal identity protection services in these situations. In the meantime, McDonald’s will be very keen to understand how the breach happened, when the same hackers are planning similar intrusions in other regions, and especially in the US, which has more than 14,000 restaurants in operation.

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