It looks like Wingstop, a restaurant franchise serving chicken wings, is the latest victim of point-of-sale (POS) system malware that steals credit and debit card information from customers.
Wingstop admitted on Friday that four of its U.S. franchise locations “could have been subject to a data security incident.”
After conducting a forensic investigation, Wingstop determined that POS terminals at locations in Corpus Christi, Lubbock and Grand Prairie, Texas, and Union City, California, had data-stealing malware placed on their POS systems.
The restaurant chain said that it did not detect malware on the POS systems at its other locations and helped the affected franchisees remove the POS hard drives and replace them with new systems. Franchisees operate independent POS systems that are not managed or connected to a central location, the company emphasized.
“We regret that this incident occurred and apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may cause our customers. We will continue to work with our franchisees to enhance the security of their systems and protect the privacy and security of customer information,” says Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison.
Wingstop joins fellow restaurant chains Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen and Jimmy Johns as recent victims of credit and debit card breaches caused by malware that infected third-party POS systems.
– check out the Wingstop release
January 20, 2015 | By Fred Donovan