Last week, meat-processing provider JBS was targeted with ransomware and yesterday EA reported hackers had breached its servers. Now McDonald’s has announced it also suffered a recent data breach.
As Reuters reports, external consultants working for the world’s largest restaurant chain confirmed that unauthorized activity had been discovered on the company’s systems in South Korea and Taiwan. In both cases, the hackers gained access to employee and customer personal information, but this did not include payment details.
In a statement McDonald’s said, “While we were able to close off access quickly after identification, our investigation has determined that a small number of files were accessed, some of which contained personal data.” For reference, McDonald’s operates 447 restaurants in South Korea, and 413 in Taiwan.
Anyone whose information was accessed can expect to be contacted by McDonald’s and the company is also in contact with local regulators. Typically in these situations the affected individuals are offered free access to support and personal identity protection services. In the meantime, McDonald’s will be very keen to understand how the breach occurred in case the same hackers are planning a similar infiltration in other regions, and especially in the US which has over 14,000 restaurants in operation.