US fast food joint Chick-fil-A investigates security breach


WASHINGTON–Chick-fil-A, one of America’s most popular fast food restaurants, is the latest corporation to investigate the possible hacking of its customers’ credit card data. ��Chick-fil-A recently received reports of potential unusual activity involving payment cards used at a few of our restaurants,�� the company said in a statement Wednesday. ��We are working with leading IT security firms, law enforcement and our payment industry contacts to determine all of the facts.��

The company promised that if a security breach was confirmed, it would assume financial responsibility for fraudulent charges to customers’ accounts, and arrange for free identity protection services �X including credit monitoring �X for any affected consumer. With over US$5 billion in annual sales Chick-fil-A, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the biggest fast-food chicken restaurant in the United States. U.S. financial institutions have expressed alarm over data breaches affecting a growing number of American retailers. ��Unfortunately, 2014 has turned out to be the year of the data breach,�� said Dan Berger, CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Berger cited a massive data breach at Target a year ago, and the similar compromising of consumer information at retailers including Home Depot, Michaels Stores, Neiman Marcus, AOL, eBay and Staples.

��Congress must make passing a national data security standard for retailers a top priority when it returns next week,�� he said in a statement. ��Congress should hold retailers subject to the same national data security standards that apply to financial institutions.��