At one point or another, almost every organization’s cybersecurity is breached. Big or small, it seems that no one is immune from cyberattacks.
The latest company to fall victim to infiltration by an outside malicious entity is fast-food giant McDonald’s. The company announced that the jobs section of its Canadian site was hacked, exposing 95,000 candidates’ information over the course of three years between March 2014 and March 2017.
During this period, all of the standard job application information was accessed including names, addresses, phone numbers and employment histories. McDonald’s did confirm, however, that no banking or health information was stolen as the site does not collect that information in the job applicant process.
In its public statement, McDonald’s acknowledged the breach of information and issued an apology. It said, “At this time, we have no information that the information taken has been misused. We apologize to those impacted by this incident.”
Any job applicant affected by the security breach will be contacted either via mail, email or phone. To help anyone confused in the process, McDonald’s has also set up an assistance line. The jobs site was shut down and is undergoing a thorough investigation where privacy commissioners have been looped in.