We’ve Been Breached, Call the Colonel!


In January, fast-food chain Wendy’s Co. was feeling frosty after discovering a potential credit card breach at some of its locations. Now, KFC may be in the fryer as the latest fast food restaurant to be hit by a data breach. 

According to U.K. tabloid, the Daily Mirror, the fried chicken giant warned 1.2 million of its Colonel’s Club loyalty program members that its website was hacked. In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg BNA, Brad Scheiner, head of information technology at KFC U.K. and Ireland said, “we take the online security of our fans very seriously, so we’ve advised all Colonel’s Club members to change their passwords as a precaution, despite only a small number of accounts being directly affected.” 

KFC said it doesn’t store credit card details, and assured customers that no financial data was compromised. It added that although the Colonel’s Club website was targeted, only about 30 members of the Colonel’s Club were affected. 

Instead of spending resources trying to find new actors to play the colonel on TV ads, maybe KFC should “beef up” its breach detection systems.

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