Sonic Drive-In breached, 5M cards possibly exposed

Jon Howard
September 28, 2017

Brian Krebs, author of KrebsOnSecurity, said he was alerted to the breach by several financial institution representatives who began noticing a pattern of fraudulent transactions on cards that had all been used at the eatery.

The numbers seem to be connected to a breach at Sonic, a fast-food chain, Krebs said.

U.S. fast food chain Sonic Drive-In suffered a security breach affecting an unknown number of its store payment card systems and compromising millions of customers' debit and credit card numbers.

Cards for sale that have been connected to a breach at Sonic Drive-In.

It's unclear whether these cards for sale were stolen from the same source or if they were taken from multiple sources.

Sonic has acknowledged a security breach affecting an unknown number of its stores' payment systems.

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The company told Krebs that it was notified by its credit card processor last week of "unusual activity" regarding credit cards used at its locations.

"We are working to understand the nature and scope of this issue", the statement reads.

"The security of our guests' information is very important to SONIC", wrote Christi Woodworth, Vice President of Public Relations.

The last fast-food chain to be impacted by a hack of this magnitude was Wendy's a year ago, which had more than 1,000 locations compromised.

The invasion of privacy may have affected customers across that entire country as Sonic operates over 3,000 fast food drive-ins in 45 states. It said it would communicate additional information as it is able.

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