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Yet another data breach: This time Dairy Queen
October 10, 2014  //  By:   //  US News  //  1 comment

by Carol Thompson

Dairy Queen has announced a data breach adding the ice cream and fast food chain to the growing list of retailers hit by hackers.

Dairy Queen announced that its payment systems were breached by hackers who possibly gained access to customer names, credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates.

The Edina, Minnesota-based company said the breach occurred between August and September. It is not believed that any other personal information such as personal identification numbers or email addresses were accessed.  Malware known as Backoff is responsible for the breach, according to company officials. The malware has been contained.

According to Dairy Queen 395 stores throughout the United States were affected by the breach. A full list of stores can be found on the company’s website.  Free identity repair service is being offered for one year to customers who used their cards during the affected time period.

Dairy Queen joins a growing number of companies affected by data hacks. Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus and JP Morgan are among those who have announced security breaches.

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About the Author :

Carol Thompson is a veteran investigative reporter residing in central New York. She spent 23 years with a local newspaper, The Valley News, before leaving for the Syracuse New Times, and now, VNN. Thompson has won dozens of first-place awards for investigative reporting and was the 2006 recipient of the Syracuse Press Club’s prestigious Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award. Thompson’s reporting has resulted in the arrest of public officials and has prompted policy changes. She uncovered two money laundering schemes that traveled the globe and resulted in the indictments of several developers.