ATLANTA (WXIA) – A reported possible data breach of customers’ credit or debit card information at Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A may end up affecting customers in at least five states — including Georgia.
On December 30, data security watchdog blog Krebs on Security noted that several financial institutions had traced an overall pattern of credit card fraud to accounts used at a number of Chick-fil-A restaurants around the nation.
Chick-fil-A has since started an internal investigation into the issue, and is working to ascertain if there was any sort of breach.
The company issued a statement dated Friday, January 2, that said that they had received the initial report of a possible breach on Friday, December 19. They stopped short of indicating there was any sort of breach, citing the ongoing investigation.
According to Krebs on Security, up to 9,000 individual cards may affected at multiple locations across the nation, with the alleged fraud concentrated at Chick-fil-A locations in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
Other data breaches over the past year have affected customers at Target, Home Depot, Jimmy Johns, Dairy Queen, Neiman Marcus and other large retailers across the nation. In most cases, if customers’ debit or credit cards have been found to potentially be part of any data breach, banks have been canceling and reissuing cards at no additional cost to the individual customers. Retailers involved have been offering free credit monitoring services to those affected.
Chick-fil-A promises to inform customers as soon as they are able to determine whether or not a breach has occurred.
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