Louisiana customers of the fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A should be keeping a close eye on their banking accounts. The company has confirmed that a months-long cyber attack design to steal customer information has created a data breach that could become a problem for the restaurant chain customers in Louisiana and across the nation.

CNBC via YouTube
CNBC via YouTube

According to Bleeping Computer, the automated attack has compromised some 71,000 customer accounts including sensitive information including customer names, email addresses, mobile pay numbers, and masked credit and debit card numbers.

To make matters worse some of the compromised data may include customer birthdays, phone numbers, physical addresses, and the last four numbers of a customer's credit or debit card. In other words, enough information for scammers to wreak havoc with your finances and identity.

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In response to the attack, Chick-fil-A has forced customers to reset passwords on loyalty accounts and frozen funds that were loaded into those accounts. The company also removed any stored payment information from those accounts. So, if you do have an account with Chick-fil-A you are strongly encouraged to change your password at the very least.

The company has made an attempt to restore many Chick-fil-A One account balances. They have also added rewards to many of the impacted accounts as an apology. Here is the company's response and plan moving forward. 

If you feel your account has been compromised those in the cyber security industry strongly suggest that you change your password on other frequently used accounts, especially if you, as most of us do, use the same password. Sure, it might seem like a hassle but having your bank account emptied or your identity stolen is probably a bigger hassle, right?

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As of now, there have been no reports of personal information being abused. But, customers are being warned to be on high alert for suspicious e-mails or unsolicited text messages that could be cleverly disguised phishing attempts to gain even more of your personal information.

Just to clarify, the data breach has been confirmed for Chick-fil-A customers who have a Chick-fil-A One Account. Those customers who simply use their credit or debit cards to pay for purchases outside of the rewards program should not have been affected by this data breach. However, if you've been a customer of Chik-fil-A over the past two months you are being advised to maintain a high level of scrutiny on your personal and banking information.

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