Fast food chain McDonald’s has been hit by a computer hack into the company’s systems in Korea and Taiwan.
The hackers were able to steal personal data from customers, the chain confirms after reporting by business newspaper The Wall Street Journal. It would be a small number of files, some of which contain both employee and customer data, and not a ransomware hack, which requires money to be paid to get the data back.
Nor would it be about payment details, but about e-mails, telephone numbers and addresses used for delivery. The company declined to say exactly how many people were affected. The customers and employees concerned will be informed of the digital intrusion.
In addition, McDonald’s has informed regulators in Asia. On Friday, the company also announced that it hired two external consultants to investigate unauthorized activity on an internal security system. The reason for this was a specific incident in which the unauthorized access was resolved within a week.
Data from South Africa and Russia employees would also have been stolen, the investigation into the hack revealed. McDonald’s said in a statement that the company is taking steps to improve security.
Recently, larger companies have been hit more often by similar computer intrusions. For example, the largest oil pipeline company in the United States was recently hit by a hack.