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Paso Robles Wendy’s hit by hackers, credit card info stolen

Wendy’s said hackers were able to steal customers’ credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants. The affected stores include a location at 141 Niblick Road in Paso Robles.
Wendy’s said hackers were able to steal customers’ credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants. The affected stores include a location at 141 Niblick Road in Paso Robles. Associated Press

A Wendy’s restaurant in Paso Robles is one of 1,025 U.S. locations where hackers stole customers’ credit and debit card information, the company announced Thursday.

The location, at 141 Niblick Road, was part of a larger-than-expected number of affected stores hit by a type of malware, the company said. The Tribune was unable to reach the Paso Robles Wendy’s location for comment via telephone Thursday afternoon.

The fast-food chain said hackers were able to obtain card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the cards beginning in late fall. The company said some customers’ cards were used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores. Wendy’s has asked customers to check their accounts for any fraudulent purchases.

Wendy’s first announced it was investigating a possible hack in January. In May, it said malware was found in fewer than 300 restaurants. About a month later, however, it said that two types of malware were found and the number of restaurants affected was “considerably higher.”

There are more than 5,700 Wendy’s restaurants in the United States.

The Paso Robles location is one of 67 in California that were hacked, the company said. Customer data also were stolen at restaurants in Ventura, Goleta, Lompoc and Fresno, the company said.

Customers can see which locations are affected at the Wendy’s website. The company said it is offering free one-year credit monitoring to people who paid with a card at any of those restaurants.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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