More than 60 Ohio Wendy’s part of 1,025 restaurants affected by hackers

COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) – Wendy’s says hackers were able to steal customer’s credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants, with 68 being Ohio. Far more than it originally thought.

The hamburger chain says hackers were able to access card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the cards. Some customer’s cards were used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores.

In May, it said malware was found in fewer than 300 restaurants starting in the fall of 2015. About a month later, it said two types of malware were found and the number of restaurants affected was “considerably higher.” The malware tried to get access to the following data: cardholder name, credit or debit card number, expiration date, cardholder verification value, and service code.

Wendy’s says the “malware has also been disabled in all franchisee restaurants where it has been discovered.”

There are more than 5,700 U.S. Wendy’s restaurants.

Here is the list of Wendy’s in Ohio that were hacked:

Address City State Zip Code Dates
2060 MOGADORE ROAD AKRON OHIO 44312 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1040 PROSPECT ROAD ASHTABULA OHIO 44004 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
27 S RACCOON RD AUSTINTOWN OHIO 44515 11/1/2015 – 2/14/2016
1487 CENTER ROAD AVON OHIO 44011 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
700 SOUTH MAIN BELLEFONTAINE OHIO 43311 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
433 BOARDMAN-POLAND RD. BOARDMAN OHIO 44512 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1504 WOOSTER ST BOWLING GREEN OHIO 43402 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1094 S. MAIN ST BOWLING GREEN OHIO 43402 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
636 LINCOLN CADIZ OHIO 43907 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1708 SOUTHGATE PKWY CAMBRIDGE OHIO 43725 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
2180 E. WHEELING AVENUE CAMBRIDGE OHIO 43725 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1301 30TH STREET NW CANTON OHIO 44709 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
436 CENTER STREET CHARDON OHIO 44024 10/30/2015 – 2/14/2016
11400 DALLAS BOULEVARD CINCINNATI OHIO 45231 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
3055 SULLIVANT AVE. COLUMBUS OHIO 43204 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
1460 HARRISBURG PIKE COLUMBUS OHIO 43223 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
2004 N. HIGH STREET COLUMBUS OHIO 43201 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
3455 N. CLEVELAND AVE. COLUMBUS OHIO 43224 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
6030 BUSCH BLVD. COLUMBUS OHIO 43229 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1100 DUBLIN ROAD COLUMBUS OHIO 43215 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
1483 OLENTANGY RIVER RD. COLUMBUS OHIO 43212 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
685 E HUDSON COLUMBUS OHIO 43211 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
450 W 10TH AVE COLUMBUS OHIO 43210 11/1/2015 – 2/14/2016
1724 W FIFTH AVE COLUMBUS OHIO 43212 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1054 E. BROAD ST. COLUMBUS OHIO 43205 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
8450 N HIGH ST COLUMBUS OHIO 43235 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
233 S. 2ND ST. COSHOCTON OHIO 43812 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
7435 BRANDT PIKE DAYTON OHIO 45424 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
15957 ST RT 170 E.LIVERPOOL OHIO 43920 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1521 NORTH BARRON STREET EATON OHIO 45320 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
393 NORTH BROAD STREET FAIRBORN OHIO 45324 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
500 TIFFIN AVE. FINDLAY OHIO 45840 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
740 TRENTON AVE. FINDLAY OHIO 45840 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
1104 COUNTYLINE ST FOSTORIA OHIO 44830 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1782 SOUTH BROADWAY GENEVA OHIO 44041 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1920 STRINGTOWN ROAD GROVE CITY OHIO 43123 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
3065 LONDON-GROVEPORT ROAD GROVE CITY OHIO 43123 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
3445 BROADWAY GROVE CITY OHIO 43123 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
8201 ST. RT. 235 HUBER HTS. OHIO 45424 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1372 LEXINGTON AVENUE MANSFIELD OHIO 44904 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
402 AETNA STREET MARTINS FERRY OHIO 43935 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1155 READING ROAD MASON OHIO 45040 12/2/2015 – 6/8/2016
8200 ARBOR SQUARE DR. MASON OHIO 45040 12/2/2015 – 6/8/2016
6330 ST RT 128 MIAMITOWN OHIO 45041 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
6148 ST. RT. 95 MT.GILEAD OHIO 43338 12/2/2015 – 6/8/2016
1415 N.21ST ST NEWARK OHIO 43055 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
204 CHERRY VALLEY RD NE NEWARK OHIO 43055 10/31/2015 – 2/14/2016
55 DAYTON ROAD NEWARK OHIO 43055 10/29/2015 – 1/22/2016
5711 YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN NILES OHIO 44446 10/31/2015 – 2/14/2016
5142 COLLEGE CORNER PIKE OXFORD OHIO 45056 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1550 MENTOR AVE. PAINESVILLE OHIO 44077 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
45 EAST BROAD STREET PATASKALA OHIO 43062 10/29/2015 – 2/14/2016
26630 DIXIE HIGHWAY PERRYSBURG OHIO 43551 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
27240 CROSSROADS PARKWAY ROSSFORD OHIO 43460 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
2388 E STATE STREET SALEM OHIO 44460 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
50707 VALLEY FRONTAGE ROAD ST.CLAIRSVILLE OHIO 43950 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
2206 SUNSET BLVD. STEUBENVILLE OHIO 43952 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
88 MILLER DRIVE SUNBURY OHIO 43074 12/2/2015 – 6/8/2016
3 WELLER DRIVE TIPP CITY OHIO 45371 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
825 W MAIN STREET TROY OHIO 45373 1/13/2016 – 6/9/2016
1300 ARCHER DRIVE TROY OHIO 45373 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
383 E NATIONAL ROAD VANDALIA OHIO 45377 1/13/2016 – 6/9/2016
1411 BELLEFONTAINE ST. WAPAKONETA OHIO 45895 10/28/2015 – 2/14/2016
2033 WALMART DRIVE, NE WARREN OHIO 44483 10/31/2015 – 2/14/2016
530 CLINTON AVENUE WASHINGTON C.H. OHIO 43160 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
5855 SOM CENTER WILLOUGHBY OHIO 44094 11/1/2015 – 2/14/2016
100 MAIN STREET WINTERSVILLE OHIO 43952 1/13/2016 – 6/8/2016
1500 WORTHINGTON WOODS BLVD WORTHINGTON OHIO 43085 10/29/2015 – 2/8/2016
4001 BELMONT AVENUE YOUNGSTOWN OHIO 44505 11/1/2015 – 2/14/2016

MAP OF AFFECTED OHIO WENDY’S

The company released the following statement:

We sincerely apologize to anyone who has been inconvenienced as a result of these highly sophisticated, criminal cyberattacks…

In a world where malicious cyberattacks have unfortunately become all too common for merchants, we are committed to doing what is necessary to protect our customers. We will continue to work diligently with our investigative team to apply what we have learned from these incidents and further strengthen our data security measures. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support.

If your information was stolen, Wendy’s is offering affected customers one year of complimentary fraud consultation and identity restoration services. (https://www.wendys.com/en-us/about-wendys/the-wendys-company-updates)

Customers who are looking for more information may call a toll-free number (866) 779-0485, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm CST, Monday through Friday. Wendy’s said Thursday it would post a list of affected restaurants on its website.

Bill Fenner is a computer expert, who owns his own IT business.

“Chances are you’re going to get hacked at some point,” he says.

Fenner says in this day in age, sometimes there’s not much you can do to escape a cyber attack, even with the proper anti-virus software.

“Whether it’s on Amazon.com or you’re swiping your card at Wendy’s, McDonald’s, whatever it may be, there’s always a risk of exposure,” he says. “You have these criminals that have AVG. They have Norton. They have McAfee. They have Microsoft Security Essentials and they’re constantly looking at ways to get around it. That is their own personal objective is to defeat those protections.”

Fenner says the key is constantly monitoring your accounts.

“It’s always about due diligence. You should be checking your credit report once a month. You should always be going over your statements every month,” he says. “These days it’s a lot safer to stay away from your bank cards and go with using credit cards and just pay your credit card off every month.”

He says you should check for suspicious activity, even if it’s just for a few dollars.

“They’ll do a little $2.95 or $3.95 charge. They do that across 20,000 cards…that adds up to a lot of cash,” says Fenner.

He says using cash isn’t necessarily the best solution.

“You can still get robbed. You can just be easily on the street and someone can pick your pocket and take your cash and there is not protections for that,”  says Fenner. “There’s criminals out there and they are looking everyday for a new way to make money off of honest people.”

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office released these tips to anyone who may be affected by the data breach:

Tips for consumers:

  • Don’t panic. Just because your information has been compromised doesn’t mean it will be used fraudulently. (A data breach is not the same as identity theft.)
  • Monitor your credit card accounts. Look for suspicious activity. If you find errors, immediately notify your credit card provider.
  • Understand the type of information that was affected. Not all breaches affect the same type of data. If only your credit card number was compromised, your risk for identity theft may be lower than it would be if your Social Security number and/or account passwords were compromised.
  • Consider paying with a credit card versus a debit card. When you pay with a credit card, you generally have greater protections for disputing fraudulent charges. On the other hand, if you pay with a debit card, and a breach occurs, a scammer might be able to access your bank account (because it’s tied to your debit card).
  • Beware of “phishing” scams related to the breach. Con artists may pose as a representative from the organization that was breached to try to obtain your personal information. Calls claiming to provide information about the breach may be scams.
  • Check your credit report. You are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). Checking your credit report can help you watch for signs of identity theft and make sure the information reported about your credit history is accurate. Visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com to access your free annual reports. You can pull all three at once, or you can stagger pulling your reports throughout the year.
  • For help, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Ohioans who want to learn more about consumer protection issues, file a consumer complaint, or get help correcting the effects of identity theft should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or calling 800-282-0515.

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