Breach, Threat Management, Data Security

Food court: Arby’s reportedly faces 8 lawsuits resulting from breach

Customers, banks and credit unions appear to have a beef with Arby's. The fast-food sandwich chain is now facing a total of eight lawsuits stemming from a data breach that was discovered in February and affected around 1,000 locations, the AP reported yesterday.

The latest legal challenge is a federal lawsuit filed by Jacqueline and Joseph Weiss, a married couple in Glastonbury Connecticut, who contend that the breach resulted in thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges to their Visa card.

According to the AP report, Arby's in a statement Monday said that the claims "are without merit and intend to vigorously defend against them."

The AP noted that since early February, eight credit unions and banks around the U.S. have filed seven other federal lawsuits against Arby's, all making similar allegations pertaining to the reported breach.

Last February, Arby's provided SC Media with the following statement that acknowledged a compromised of its payment card system: “Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) was recently provided with information that prompted it to launch an investigation of its payment card systems. Upon learning of the incident, ARG immediately notified law enforcement and enlisted the expertise of leading security experts, including Mandiant."

Bradley Barth

As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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