Hackers steal credit card information from Checkers

Checkers Drive-in Restaurants, Inc., one of the largest drive-thru chains in the United States and the operator of Checkers and Rally’s restaurant, announced Wednesday, May 29, about a data security issue, which involves malware affecting certain Checkers and Rally’s locations.

In a press release, Checkers explains, “Based on the investigation, we determined that malware was installed on certain point-of-sale systems at some Checkers and Rally’s locations, which appears to have enabled an unauthorized party to obtain the payment card data of some guests. We have worked closely with the third-party security experts to contain and remove the malware.”

Around 15% of Checkers and Rally’s restaurant was said to be affected by the data security issue[1], including those that are in Florida, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, and many more.

As explained in the same release, the malware that has been detected is said to be designed specifically to steal information stored on the magnetic stripe of payment cards. This includes the cardholder’s name, the payment card number, the card verification code, and the expiration date.

However, Checkers is also quick to clear out that not all customers who have visited the affected branches on the given timeframe are affected by the issue.

With this, the food chain company encourages its customers to review their account statements and get in touch with their card issuer to spot any unauthorized charge on their cards.

“While we do not know if your specific payment card is affected by this issue, we encourage potentially impacted guests to refer to their payment card statements to identify the payment card they may have used at one of the affected Checkers and Rally’s locations. If you believe there is an unauthorized charge on your card, please contact your financial institution or card issuer immediately. It is always a good idea to be checking your statements regularly,” the press release includes.

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