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Wendy's takes bite out of data hack

The burger chain says it's gotten rid of malware that compromised point-of-sales systems.

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Wendy's says it rooted out malware on some of its point-of-sales systems.

Wendy's says it rooted out malware on some of its point-of-sales systems.

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Unusual credit card activity is off the menu at Wendy's.

Wendy's, the burger chain that made "Where's the beef?" a thing in 1984, said Wednesday it was able to "eradicate" malware on point-of-sales systems at around 300 restaurants. The malware led to unusual credit card activity beginning in autumn 2015.

The company said cybersecurity experts it hired to investigate the problem found malware was apparently installed through the use of "compromised third-party vendor credentials." The malware affected one of the sales systems used by its franchisees, but not Aloha, it's Hawaiian-themed primary POS.

During the course of the investigation, however, Wendy's found about 50 franchise restaurants were believed to have experienced or had experienced "unrelated cybersecurity issues."

The company declined to provide detail on the nature of those issues.

But let's hope it doesn't affect the Baconator. That's 930 calories of delicious.

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