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Wendy’s Is Looking Into Reports of a Credit Card Breach

January 27, 2016, 7:16 PM UTC
Chef Spike Mendelsohn Shows His Respect For Bacon As He Enhances The Wendy's Baconator By Creating A Chili Cheddar Cheese Baconator
TORRANCE, CA - AUGUST 11: Chef Spike Mendelsohn ñ one of the top five finalists on the fourth season of Bravoís Top Chef ñ puts his own spin on Wendy's iconic Baconator at a Los Angeles Wendyís restaurant today by creating a Chili Cheddar Cheese Baconator on August 11, 2015 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Wendy's)
Photograph by Lester Cohen — Getty Images

Burger chain operator Wendy‘s (WEN) said on Wednesday it was investigating reports of unusual activity with payment cards used at some of its 5,700 locations in the U.S.

“Reports indicate fraudulent charges may have occurred elsewhere after payment cards were legitimately used at some restaurants,” Wendy‘s spokesman Bob Bertini told Reuters in an email statement.

Large retailers such as Target (TGT) and Home Depot (HD) have been victims of security breaches in recent years. Gourmet sandwich chain Jimmy John’s was also breached in 2014.

“Until this investigation is completed, it is difficult to determine with certainty the nature or scope of any potential incident,” Bertini said. “We have hired a cyber security firm to assist, but are not disclosing the name at this point.”


Security blog Krebs on Security first reported the development earlier in the day.