Breach Brief – Sonic Drive-In

Published On September 28, 2017 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

Sonic fast food chain is the latest victim of a major data breach. Sonic, which has 3,600 locations across the country, confirmed they are investigating unusual payment card activity after being informed by their credit card processor last week. The breach could affect as many as five million card holders.

The breach was first reported by Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity.com.  Krebs stated the breach was revealed by a pattern of of fraudulent transactions on cards used at one of the chain’s restaurants. 

Krebs claims he was tipped off by sources from multiple financial institutions. From his post Krebs related that, “Those cards were then found to be part of a cache of five million credit and debit card accounts that were first put up for sale in mid-September on a dark web site called Joker’s Stash, all indexed by city, state and Zip code. “They’re going at a premium, too: between $25 and $50 per card.” Krebs reported that the cards first showed up for sale on September 18th.

Sonic’s Vice President of public relations Christi Woodworth told Krebs that the investigation hasn’t yet uncovered how many cards or which of its stores may be impacted. Woodworth went on to say that the company “…immediately engaged third-party forensic experts and law enforcement when we heard from our processor. While law enforcement limits the information we can share, we will communicate additional information as we are able.”

Recent patrons of the fast food chain should monitor their credit and debit accounts suspicious activity.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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