Ohio-based burger chain Wendy’s confirmed this week that its credit card system was hacked, impacting 1,025 locations across the U.S. including multiple restaurants in the metro Detroit area. The company first reported a potential security breach in January following complaints by customers of “unusual activity” on cards. However, it has taken several months for investigators to identify the full extent of the breach.
Wendy’s has provided a list of the affected restaurants on its website, which includes locations in Detroit, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Northville, and Wyandotte. Customers are encouraged to check the list and their bank accounts for fraud. In a statement by CEO Todd Penegor, the Frosty maker has promised customers who paid with credit cards at the listed locations “one year of complimentary fraud consultation and identity restoration services.”
Credit card breaches are becoming more and more common in the restaurant industry, and chains are especially susceptible, likely because of their use of outdated technology. Jimmy John's, Rainforest Cafe, Morton's, P.F. Chang's, and Dairy Queen have been victims of credit card hacks within the past two years.