Chick-fil-A investigating possible data breach

Chick-fil-A is investigating a possible data breach in some of its restaurants. The chain recently reported potential unusual activity involving payment cards.

The company announced that it is obligated to protect customer information and so is working with leading IT security firms, law enforcement and payment industry contacts to determine all of the facts.

Chick-fil-A first received an initial report of unusual activity on Dec. 19 and then launched an investigation.

"We want to assure our customers we are working hard to investigate these events and will share additional facts as we are able to do so. If the investigation reveals that a breach has occurred, customers will not be liable for any fraudulent charges to their accounts," said a company statement. Chick-fil-A or the bank that issued the card will handle the charges and customers will be given free identity protection services, including credit monitoring.

The restaurant chain could be the next victim in a string of data breaches that have infiltrated the retail industry in the past year. Most recently, in December Staples (NYSE:SPLS) reported a security breach on some of its point-of-sale systems that affected 115 stores and 1.16 million customer credit cards. Other retailers affected in 2014 included Kmart (NYSE:SHLD), Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) and Home Depot (NYSE:HD), to name a few.

Just last month Chick-fil-A announced that it would launch its mobile payment platform nationwide and was testing mobile ordering.

For more:
-See this Chick-fil-A press release

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