McDonald’s is the latest big corporation to become a victim of a cyberattack. The fast-food giant has said that the personal information of some customers in Taiwan and South Korea was exposed after a data breach following an unauthorized activity. This is the latest incident of the global company being exposed to a cyberattack. But the burger chain said that it was quick in identifying the attack and this helped it contain ‘recent unauthorized activity on its network. Later, the company found during the investigation that only a small number of files were accessed by the cyber attackers. “Some of the files accessed had personal data of customers. The information about customers was accessed only in Taiwan and South Korea,” the company said.
The fast-food company has now said that it would make additional security measures in few other countries to avoid such incidents. McDonald’s said that it would tighten securities around files that contain information about its employees. The company also clarified that the files accessed by the attackers did not have any information related to payments. “We want to tell everyone that the no files had payment information. We are approaching regulators to notify them about the breach. We are also information customers whose data were breached,” the company said. The cyberattack on the McDonald’s comes at a time when some of the big companies have been the victim of ransomware attacks. World’s largest meat processor JBS was under cyber attack recently. The attackers had targeted the IT systems of the company following which it had to pay the equivalent of around USD 11 million to hackers.
Just a few weeks ago, hackers had targeted a major US fuel pipeline the Colonial Pipeline. Following the attack, the company’s chief executive officer Joseph Blount confirmed paying USD 4.4 million to hackers. The ransom was paid after the company had to shut its services. In both cases, hackers seized control of the systems of the company by installing illicit software. They later demanded payment to allow access to the companies. But McDonald’s said that the breach was not a ransomware attack. The company said the breach only exposed some files. Other information that was accessed is like seating capacity of restaurants, etc. The company said that it will use the findings to enhance its security measures.