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In February 2016, quick service restaurant The Wendy’s Company reported unusual payment card activity affecting some of its franchise restaurants. The breach was confirmed in May when the company revealed it had found evidence of malware on the affected stores’ point-of-sale systems. Additional malicious activity was later reported in June.

In a statement from the CEO, the company says it believes the cyberattacks resulted from service providers’ remote access credentials being compromised, allowing access – and the ability to deploy malware – to some franchisees’ point-of-sale systems.

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