Data Breach Hits McDonalds In the US And Other Countries. McDonalds is the latest major corporation to fall victim to a hacking attack. The fast-food giant does business in more than 100 countries and has nearly 40,000 locations globally, with more than 14,000 in the United States alone. Recently, they disclosed that hackers found a way into their network and stole information belonging to both employees and customers in the US, South Korea, and Taiwan.
If there’s a silver lining in the disclosure, McDonalds confirms that customer payment information is safe.
Nonetheless, the hackers could abscond with a raft of personal information, including email addresses, phone numbers, physical addresses, and the full names of an as yet undetermined number of customers and employees.
As part of their disclosure, the company said they are working with law enforcement and an outside internet security vendor to conclude the investigation. McDonalds are contacting customers about the breach.
McDonalds’ handling of the aftermath of the data breach hits has been exemplary, though that’s at least in part because they’ve had their share of practice. Back in 2017, the company suffered an attack that revealed a cross-site scripting vulnerability that left customer passwords exposed and stored as plain text.