Eaten an Arby’s Beef ’n Cheddar Recently? Your Credit Card Might Be at Risk

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If you’ve eaten at Arby’s recently, keep an on eye your bank and credit card statements.

Cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs recently confirmed rumors that hackers stole credit and debit card information from as many as 355,000 Arby’s customers using malware attached to payment systems.

Will This Cyberattack Affect You?

PSCU, a credit union service organization, initially issued an alert after receiving a list of Visa and MasterCard numbers that were compromised.

Krebs reported that Arby’s declined to pinpoint an exact time frame for when the breach occurred, though PSCU estimates it took place between Oct. 25, 2016, and Jan. 19, 2017.

The fast-food sandwich giant learned of the security hack mid-January and worked quickly to remove the malware. The breach affected only some of Arby’s 1,000 or so corporate-owned restaurants nationwide. Arby’s franchises were not affected.

Christopher Fuller, Arby’s senior vice president of communications, issued a statement saying the company has “fully contained and eradicated the malware that was on our point-of-sale systems.”

However, patrons of the fast-food chain should still be cautious.

Hackers Have Hit Fast-Food Customers Before

Wendy’s suffered a similar privacy breach at the beginning of 2016. The fast-food chain finally announced it had removed the malware after several months, during which many financial institutions issued customers new cards.

But just two months later, the company admitted that many of its locations were still compromised, and many banks were forced to reissue cards to customers.

What to Do If You’re an Arby’s Customer

If you’ve used your credit or debit card at Arby’s over the last several months, here’s what you should do.

  • Check your bank and credit card statements for unauthorized transactions.
  • Report any suspicious or unauthorized activity to your financial institution immediately.
  • If you believe your debit card data could be compromised, make sure you have an alternative payment method for any auto-debiting bills in the event thieves empty your account before your bank is able to take action.

Your Turn: Are you worried that your credit card information has been breached by the Arby’s hack?

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. While she might give Arby’s a few months to get it together, she’ll be back for those curly fries.