A Sonic Data Breach experienced recently by the fast food chain, Sonic, with almost 3,600 locations across the US affected millions. Sonic recently acknowledged a data breach affecting possibly millions of credit and debit card accounts. This breach led to the sale of these accounts to thieves, even on the dark web. The alert came when many of these accounts, up to approximately five million, were put up for sale from around September 15th through the 26th, many with ties to recent Sonic use.
The vice president of public relations at Sonic, Christi Woodworth, said the investigation is still in its early stages, and the company does not yet know how many or which of its stores may be impacted.
The accounts apparently stolen from Sonic are part of a batch of cards indexed by city, state and ZIP code. Keeping it local, allows potential buyers to purchase only cards that were stolen from customers who live near them. This avoids an anti-fraud defense in which a bank might block out of the area transactions from a possible stolen card.
The United States is embarrassingly the last of the G-20 nations to make the switch to more secure chip-based cards, which are far more difficult for criminals to counterfeit. Monitor your accounts regularly to ensure you are safe.
How Can I Protect Myself From Becoming A Victim?
The best way you can start to protect yourself from identity theft is to enroll in a credit monitoring and credit protection service. One of the leaders is LifeLock Protection. They not only monitor your situation, they protect you in the unfortunate event you become a victim of ID theft.