McDonald’s multiple sites including US, Taiwan and South Korea is now the latest victim of a cyberattack. The company gave details about the security breach last Friday to Wall Street Journal. Because of this, they said that they hired external consultants to work on the issue.
There has been multiple news about a cyberattack exposing data and information of different companies these past few weeks. And one of those include JBS, world’s largest meat producer which forced the company to close all beef plants in the US and this affected meat supply in major parts of the country. Not until the company paid $11 million to the cyberhackers to get it back online.
Seems like cyberhackers are becoming bolder as they target major companies and establishments now. What could be next? Here are all the details about the major security breach.
Major Security Breach
According to a report posted by CNET, this security breach was not a result of a ransomware attack. Unlike the previous incidents that resulted in companies paying millions to retrieve their data. This security breach is investigated as a cause of an internal breach that resulted in company information exposed in the US. Luckily, the company also said that the employee data exposed was not sensitive or personal.
McDonald’s statements state that “While we were able to close off access quickly after identification, our investigation has determined that a small number of files were accessed, some of which contained personal data.”
Personal Data Exposed
However, as per the company’s sites in South Korea and Taiwan, some McDonald’s customer and employee information were exposed. The hackers stole some employee names and contact information form Taiwan but the company immediately took necessary steps to inform the customers and employees concerned. Good thing is that the security breach exposed only emails, phone numbers, and delivery addresses. More sensitive information like credit card details are safe from the incident.
External consultants discovered an unauthorized activity detected in the network of the South Korean operation which is the initial reason . However, cyberhackers are still unidentified as per the fast food chain.
Effects of the Cyberattack
Previous attacks created a major impact on the companies affected. It resulted in companies shutting off some of their sites and operations which in result affected the supply of areas affected. Also, it became a huge threat for other companies as sensitive data and information may be exposed with the next attack.
Luckily, the security breach did not affect the McDonald’s daily operations. This means that you can expect regular operations in chains of US, South Korea, and Taiwan.
If there is anything good out of these incidents, it is that companies are starting to take precautionary measures to ensure safety of company systems. Also, findings from the investigation of McDonalds will identify ways on how to avoid certain security breaches to happen again. Remember that these security breaches are not only affecting the companies per se, but consumers and employees within the field as well. Hopefully, companies may protect these data more securely, the way cyberhackers attack these companies more effectively as well.