Chick-Fil-A has the pleasure of starting off the new year with a possible credit/debit card breach. The popular fast food chain has issued a statement announcing that it “recently received reports of potential unusual activity involving payment cards used at a few of [its] restaurants.” This announcement aligns with a report that security journalist Brian Krebs made back in December.
A rash of credit and debit card fraud cases have been tracked back to accounts that were all used at various Chick-Fil-A locations around the US. The fast food restaurant joins the ranks of retailers with point of sale security issues. This particular breach appears to have run from December of 2013 to September of 2014. In a post on his blog earlier today, security analyst Brian Krebs reports that information about this breach began to arise back in November, however the floodgates opened just before Christmas. According to a financial institution insider interviewed by Krebs, roughly 9,000 account numbers from that bank alone were on the list of compromised cards. The source indicated this was more than the number of cards impacted in the Target breach last year.