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Wendy's Hacked?

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National fast food restaurant chain Wendy's has announced they're looking into a possible credit card hack at their stores.

As often happens in cases like this, a pattern of fraudulent charges was noticed in the banking industry and traced back to Wendy's.  The chain has around 6,500 restaurants in the United States.  Most of the suspicious activity appears to be coming from the midwest, but some is coming in from the east as well.

Wendy's says they began looking into the allegations as soon as they were informed and hired a cybersecurity firm to help them figure out if there is a problem.

In most cases like this, a hacker or group of hackers was able to infiltrate a point of sales (POS) system and infect it with malware that captures credit card information.  The hacker then sells that information online.

If Wendy's and their cybersecurity firm find that their system was indeed compromised, look for them to pay for credit monitoring for all affected victims.  It will also be interesting to see if chip cards were affected, since many credit card issuers have begun replacing regular credit cards with more secure cards with computer chips on them.