BREAKING: Wawa Announces Possible Data Breach Affecting All Stores
Wawa has announced that a data breach earlier this year may have affected ALL of the company’s stores between March 2019 and December 2019.
The company is currently investigating the nature of the breach, but the company’s CEO Chris Gheysens issued a statement Thursday afternoon confirming the news.
"Today, I am very sorry to share with you that Wawa has experienced a data security incident,” Gheysen’s writes. “Our information security team discovered malware on Wawa payment processing servers on December 10, 2019, and contained it by December 12, 2019.”
Who is affected by the breach?
Well, the company says that the breach could have affected ALL credit and debit card information used at ALL Wawa locations beginning at different points in time after March 4, 2019. It was contained earlier this month
It is believed that payment card information (including credit and debit card numbers), expiration dates and cardholder names used at all Wawa’s (in-store and all gas pumps).
It’s important to note that Debit Card PIN numbers, credit card CVV2 numbers were not affected by this malware.
“At this time, we believe this malware no longer poses a risk to Wawa customers using payment cards at Wawa, and this malware never posed a risk to our ATM cash machines,” the company continued.
What To Do If You May Have Been Affected
Customers are being urged to check for unauthorized charges.
“I want to reassure you that you will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges on your payment cards related to this incident,” the company’s CEO said on Thursday.
The company has set up a dedicated toll-free number to answer customer questions, and they’re offering credit monitoring and identify theft protection to anyone whose information may have been involved. You can call Wawa’s special hotline at 1-844-386-9559 or visit their website for more information and for details on how to enroll in their credit monitoring.
It's unclear exactly how many customers could have been affected, but given how frequently we all visit Wawas, this is a big deal.