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12 local Wendy's restaurants among more than 1,000 affected by hack

| Thursday, July 7, 2016, 4:42 p.m.
The Wendy's along Tarentum Bridge Road in New Kensington is seen on Thursday, July 7, 2016.
Jason Bridge | Tribune-Review
The Wendy's along Tarentum Bridge Road in New Kensington is seen on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

NEW YORK — Wendy's said hackers were able to steal customers' credit and debit card information at far more of its restaurants than it originally thought: 1,205 nationwide, including at least 12 in Western Pennsylvania.

The hamburger chain said Thursday hackers obtained card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the cards, beginning in late fall. Some customers' cards were used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores.

Wendy's Co. urged customers to check their accounts for any fraudulent purchases.

A list of affected locations on the chain's website included restaurants in Allegheny Township, Homestead, Irwin, Lower Burrell, two in Monroeville, Pittsburgh's North Side, North Versailles, Natrona Heights, New Kensington, Plum and White Oak. The site indicated the possible dates for information theft at those locations were between Jan. 13 and June 8.

The Dublin, Ohio, company 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, it said 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 company said it is offering free one-year credit monitoring to people who paid with a card at any of those restaurants.

More information on the data breach is available at https://www.wendys.com/en-us/about-wendys/the-wendys-company-updates. To search the list of impacted restaurants, go to https://payment.wendys.com/paymentcardcheck.html.

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