KERNEL HACKERS are nothing new, but now Colonel hackers are joining the banquet with an attack on KFC's loyalty card scheme.
Although KFC claimed that only 30 members of its Colonel's Club had been targeted, it decided to inform all of the scheme's 1.2 million members about the breach.
"Our monitoring systems have found a small number of Colonel's Club accounts may have been compromised as a result of our website being targeted," it said.
"Whilst it's unlikely you have been impacted, we advise that you change your password as a precaution.
"As this type of problem is becoming more common online, we've now introduced additional security measures to further safeguard our members' accounts and to stop this kind of thing happening again."
The original recipe followed by the streetwise hackers was not disclosed, and indeed it looks like a bargain bucket affair rather than the zinger that many will have feared. However, there's a chance that some Colonel Club members may be getting some unwanted phish with their chicken.
"No card details are thought to be stored as part of the scheme, which customers can sign up to in order to start collecting Chicken Stamps to earn free food rewards," KFC said.
"However, hackers could use personal account details to craft convincing phishing messages designed to harvest more personal and financial information from individuals, or try members' other online accounts they may share the same credentials with."
High-Tech Bridge CEO Ilia Kolochenko said that despite the poultry risk to consumers, KFC had done the right thing to make a clean breast of the hack.
"Not only [has KFC] managed to detect the incident in time, evaluate the scope of the breach, but has also notified the affected customers in a direct and transparent manner," he said.
"In the light of recent mega-breaches, when tens of millions of customers were informed about tremendous data leaks months after they had actually occurred, KFC serves a good example of incident management and response."
Last month food delivery firm Deliveroo was hit by hackers. In that case, financial details were compromised and customers advised to cancel their bank cards.
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