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Credit Cards Have Been Compromised at Sonic Drive-Ins

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USA Today writes that millions of credit cards have been compromised at Sonic Drive-Ins across the U.S. Basically, over 5 million credit card numbers were found listed on a “…shadowy underground online network…” for a price. Scammers can buy the numbers to make fake cards, purchase high price items, and then return them later on. The credit card information was pulled from Sonic Drive-In point-of-sale systems through malware installed by hackers.

Fortune reports that the security breach quickly hit Sonic Drive-In’s stock. “The fast-food chain’s stock dropped to its lowest value in nearly two months Wednesday after Krebs on Security reported that a breach in the company’s payment systems may have led to a ‘fire sale’ of millions of stolen credit and debit card accounts,” they explain.

As of now, the scope of the breach isn’t known in terms of who is affected and which Sonic locations were impacted by the malware. Sonic said in a statement “We are working to understand the nature and scope of this issue, as we know how important this is to our guests. We immediately engaged third-party forensic experts and law enforcement when we heard from our processor.”