Fast food chain McDonald’s has been exposed to a computer hack in the company’s systems in Korea and Taiwan. In addition, hackers managed to steal personal data from customers, the chain confirms after a report in the Wall Street Journal trade newspaper. It would be a small number of files, some containing both employee and customer data, and not a ransomware hack, which would require paying money to recover data.
It will also not be about payment details, but about emails, phone numbers and addresses used for delivery. The company declined to say exactly how many people were affected. Customers and employees concerned will be notified of the digital intrusion.
In addition, McDonald’s has informed regulators in Asia. The company also announced Friday that it has appointed outside consultants to investigate unauthorized activity on its internal security system. The reason for this was a specific incident in which the unauthorized access was resolved within a week.
An investigation into the breach revealed that data from employees in South Africa and Russia would also have been stolen. McDonald’s said in a statement that the company was taking steps to improve security.
Recently, large companies have often been subjected to similar intrusions into computers. For example, the largest oil pipeline company in the United States was recently hacked.
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