Love Chowing Down at Sonic? You May Want to Check Your Credit Card

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Good afternoon. Since you can tell that the sun has risen on yet another day, you can safely assume that another major American company has had a security breach. This time it’s fast-food chain Sonic Drive-in.

We should have seen it coming.

It’s just two guys — grown men — who sit around by a drive-in all day, every day ordering ridiculous amounts of slushies, milkshakes and burgers.

I never trusted them.

The two guys from Sonic’s ever-present ad campaigns drive me nuts. Many people have to deal with those ads even if there isn’t a Sonic anywhere near them.

That said, I don’t think this latest news is really the guys’ fault. They just want to chill in their car and snarf down footlong chili cheese Coney dogs.

Your Card Information Is Being Sold on the Darknet

According to KrebsonSecurity, Sonic is the latest company to suffer a massive data breach that impacts the credit and debit cards used at its restaurants. It’s unknown just how many card numbers are affected or even how many Sonic locations were impacted.

What is known is that many of the card numbers will go up for sale on darknet sites like Joker’s Stash for as little as $25 or $50 each. The batch of cards that appears to be drawn from Sonic customers is numbered at 5 million, but that may include cards from other security breaches, as well. The dark web is hard to decipher.

And you thought that large pumpkin pie custard concrete was only going to cost you 1,670 calories!

Sonic issued a statement regarding the security breach.

“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. While law enforcement limits the information we can share, we will communicate additional information as we are able.”

Don’t panic. If you recently indulged in some Sonic goodies and are worried about your personal information getting in the wrong hands, take the safe route. Call your bank and ask what you should do. Canceling your current card and getting a new one may be a pain, but it’s much easier than recovering your credit once it has been stolen.

Another day, another breach.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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