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Possible Hack into POS Devices Worries Wingstop

Dallas, Texas, USA-based Wingstop Restaurants Inc. has officially stated that there was probably a security hack against its POS (point-of-sale) devices operated in 4 franchised outlets of the total it runs and that it's doing an investigation, published nrn.com, January 20, 2015.

According to Wingstop a popular chicken wing group, because of the alleged hack that might've let attackers steal consumer credit/debit card data, one restaurant at Texas was affected twice during 2012 and 3 restaurants within Texas and California during July 2014 and June 2014.

The doubted data-breach in 2012 occurred with one franchise restaurant located at Grand Prairie, Texas when malicious software infected the restaurant's POS device once during May 5-June 27 and again during November 11-December 9.

Some later incidents occurred with one Corpus, Christi, Texas-situated franchise restaurant as well as another at Union City, Calif., when malware infected each of the restaurants POS systems during June 4-July 31, 2014, Wingstop stated. It further stated that it was as well aware about dubious operation which happened during the somewhat identical time-period when twenty client payment cards were affected which had been swiped during purchases at the company's Lubbock, Texas-situated franchise, Wingstop explained.

Following perceived signs of dubious operation, Wingstop instantly engaged one forensic investigative company for examining the Internet-connected point-of-sale devices used in each of its USA-based chain restaurants. Subsequently, it was found that the devices in 4 locations might've encountered data breach.

Responding overall to the incidents, CEO Charlie Morrison for Wingstop remarked that the company regretted the data security happening as also was sorry for any trouble it might cause to its clients. The company would keep coordinating with its individual units for improving their system's security as well as safeguarding the security/privacy of client data, he added. Everythinglubbock.com reported this, January 19, 2015.

By working closely with agencies of law enforcement, Wingstop, since the incidents, has been adopting measures for strengthening security. Currently, it's providing complimentary services of ID-theft protection spanning 12-months to clients potentially affected due to leakage of card information. For additional info, Wingstop advised clients to talk over the toll-free numbers obtainable from its authorized online site.

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