Breach, Compliance Management, Threat Management, Data Security, Privacy

KFC’s Colonel Club hacked, 1.2 million advised to change passwords

After enjoying a finger lickin' good bit of chicken, 1.2 million of the more loyal KFC customers who belong to the company's Colonel Club, a loyalty points scheme, have been advised their data may have been stolen.

KFC told ITV News that only 30 of its 1.2 million members had been targeted but that all customers had been informed.

Following a hack on its website, the fast-food giant emailed customers advising them to change their passwords as their “monitoring systems found a small number of accounts that may have been compromised.”

Users of the loyalty scheme were told that those who use the same email address and password for other services were advised to reset them "just to be safe".

In its statement, KFC said it introduced "additional security measures" to further "safeguard our members' accounts".

KFC has apologised profusely for the inconvenience.

Speaking with ITV News, Brad Scheiner, head of IT at KFC UK & Ireland said: "We take the online security of our fans very seriously, so we've advised all Colonel's Club members to change their passwords as a precaution, despite only a small number of accounts being directly affected. We don't store credit card details as part of our Colonel's Club rewards scheme, so no financial data was compromised.”

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