McDonald’s employee and customer information has been compromised as a result of a data breach.

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South Korea and Taiwan accessed the data.

McDonald’s is the newest addition to what appears to be an ever-growing list of worldwide companies that have been hacked. The data breach exposed consumer and staff information, according to the fast-food restaurant business, but the harm was soon contained.

Colonial Pipeline was attacked by a ransomware organisation named DarkSide around a month ago, hampering fuel distribution in the United States. This week, EA and JBS were both victims of cyberattacks, with hackers stealing game source code from the former and demanding $11 million from the latter.

Unauthorized third-party persons gained access to the data of the world’s largest fast-food restaurant chain’s workers and customers, including emails, phone numbers, and delivery addresses. Payment information for customers was not included in the released data. Regulators and consumers affected by the intrusion will be contacted as soon as possible.

The hackers behind the attack didn’t demand any payment to deliver the stolen information. The daily operation of its restaurants in South Korea and Taiwan were not affected.

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After observing unusual activity on McDonald’s network, external consultants discovered the vulnerability. Following an assessment, the consultants determined that the data was accessed in South Korea and Taiwan.

“While we were able to close off access quickly after identification,” McDonald’s stated in a statement on the data breach. “Our investigation has determined that a small number of files were accessed, some of which contained personal data.” Based on the findings of the enquiry, the corporation plans to strengthen the security of its systems.

 

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