Customers of the Georgia-based fast food chicken chain Zaxby’s may have had their credit and debit card information stolen in a recent security breach.
The breach affects more than 100 of its 560 stores across 10 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia. The company has initiated an investigation into the security breach and believes the activity originated from “external sources,” Troy Messenger reports.
“[Zaxby’s] identified some suspicious malware files on the licensees’ computer systems at several Zaxby’s locations,” the company said on Friday, according to LowCards.com. “Because those malware files could have been used to export guest names and credit and debit card numbers, Zaxby’s Franchising Inc. informed appropriate law enforcement authorities of the potential criminal activity.”
The company also notified Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, three major credit reporting agencies, about the security breach. The restaurant chain is advising customers who have dined at the numerous locations to monitor their financial statements for any unauthorized purchases or activity and to monitor their credit scores with the credit reporting firms.
Authorities in Georgia are currently investigating a case that could be linked to the Zaxby’s security breach. One Zaxby’s customer reported $3,000 missing from a bank account, Troy Messenger reports.