A Dairy Queen breach was recently revealed by Brian Krebs, who runs the website Krebs on Security. When Krebs initially uncovered evidence of the Dairy Queen breach, the company was unwilling to believe that their customers’ debit card and credit card information had been stolen.
Sources in the financial industry say they’re seeing signs that Dairy Queen may be the latest retail chain to be victimized by cybercrooks bent on stealing credit and debit card data. Dairy Queen says it has no indication of a card breach at any of its thousands of locations, but the company also acknowledges that nearly all stores are franchises and that there is no established company process or requirement that franchisees communicate security issues or card breaches to Dairy Queen headquarters.
The U.S. Secret Service contacted Dairy Queen regarding “suspicious activity” related to malicious software called Backoff,
A spokesman for Dairy Queen has confirmed that the company recently heard from the U.S. Secret Service about “suspicious activity” related to a strain of card-stealing malware found in hundreds of other retail intrusions. Dairy Queen says it is still investigating and working with authorities, and doesn’t not yet know how many stores many be impacted. Oddly enough, there is no mention of the breach on the officialDairy Queen website. The company does not know how many of their own locations were impacted, but they were working with authorities on the issue.