McDonald’s, the world’s largest burger chain, said on Friday that data breaches in South Korea and Taiwan exposed some customer and employee information, making it the latest global company to be targeted by cybercriminals.
The company stated that the attackers accessed emails, phone numbers, and shipping addresses, but the violations did not include customer payment information.
The details of violations in these two regions are the result of investigations conducted by external consultants after unauthorized activities on the company’s network.
McDonald’s said in a statement: “Although we were able to quickly close access after identification, our investigation determined that a small number of files were accessed, some of which contained personal data.”
The burger chain said it will take steps to notify the regulators and customers listed in the document.
The recent destruction of hospitals and global companies including meat processors JBS and Colonial Pipeline oil by cybercriminals has disrupted operations for several hours, leading to concerns about supply shortages.
Some companies had to pay a ransom to control their operations and restart production. McDonald’s stated that its daily operations have not been affected and no ransom has been involved.
The company said it will use the survey results to determine ways to improve its security measures.
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