DUBLIN, Ohio (1/28/16)--Burger chain Wendy’s Co. is investigating reports of a possible data breach at some of its 5,700 U.S. restaurants.
“Reports indicate fraudulent charges may have occurred elsewhere after payment cards were legitimately used at some restaurants,” said Bob Bertini, a spokesman for the Dublin, Ohio-based company, in a statement. “We have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of cybersecurity experts to gather facts, while working to protect our customers.”
The company, the third-largest burger chain in the United States, believes the incidents in question occurred in late 2015.
Bertini said the company has not yet determined if the incidents are yet contained, how long the breach may have persisted, or how many stores may be affected.
The Credit Union National Association continues to press lawmakers to pass legislation that would ramp up data security standards for merchants. Until merchants are required to protect customer data at the same level as financial institutions, the nation’s largest credit union association has said, the payments network will continue to have gaps and consumer data will remain vulnerable.