Krebs: Wendy's breach losses may exceed those of Target, Home Depot incidents

Credit unions fear that financial losses stemming from the Wendy's data breach will eclipse fraud-based losses experienced after the infamous Target and Home Depot breaches.
Credit unions fear that financial losses stemming from the Wendy's data breach will eclipse fraud-based losses experienced after the infamous Target and Home Depot breaches.

The financial loss to credit unions affected by the Wendy's data breach uncovered earlier this month appears to be on pace to surpass damages incurred from the high-profile Target and Home Depot breach incidents, according to a report from Krebs on Security.

The report quoted B. Dan Berger, CEO at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, who cited a major spike in debit card fraud in the weeks prior to the breach going public, with cybercriminals “targeting and draining debit accounts with lots of money in them.”

One credit union CEO sent an email to Berger expressing concern that losses could be “five to 10 times worse” than with Target or Home Depot. As of January 2016, that credit union was already halfway to reaching a normal year's worth of fraud.

Credit unions remain unsure whether to issue new debit cards to all recent Wendy's customers, reported Krebs, because details remain scant about the incident, including whether the malware is even contained yet.


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