An undisclosed group of hackers successfully breached into the database and servers of the $106 billion fast food chain McDonald’s. Representatives of McDonald’s Canada admitted to the theft of three years worth of applicant data.
In a statement, McDonald’s Canada further revealed that personal information of 95,000 applications were stolen from the local servers of the company. A wide range of sensitive data was compromised, including names, addresses, phone numbers, employment histories and more.
According to a McDonald’s Canada spokesperson, financial data of applicants was not listed and stored in the database which was breached into by hackers. However, the firm stated that as of now, it is unable to provide any further information in regard to motive of the hacking attack.
“At this time, we have no information that the information taken has been misused. We apologize to those impacted by this incident,” McDonald’s Canada said in a statement.
Cybersecurity analysts including Ira Nishisato, partner of the Toronto-based law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, noted that the likelihood of stolen applicant information being auctioned off on the Dark Web is relatively high. Nishisato explained that hackers often target databases and