KFC has warned its 1.2 million Colonel’s Club loyalty scheme members that their data may have been breached after its website was hacked. The fast food giant emailed customers advising them to change their passwords following the attack. Mark James, IT security specialist at ESET commented below.
Mark James, IT Security Specialist at ESET:
“Our data is rapidly forming a clear and complete picture of all our private details on the internet; little snippets of info gained here and there along with verification from the almost daily occurrence of breaches and leaks. Although a small number of people are affected it’s good to see companies issuing a password reset as early as possible, reusing passwords is the biggest concern facing online accounts we see today and could easily be overcome by utilising help from a password manager or ensuring unique passwords are used for each website login.
Quite often we don’t value all websites with the same level of security, duplicating passwords on what we assume is a low security website could enable hackers to get your details and try those on your very important logins like financial or shopping websites with success.
It’s very difficult to remember our details for every site we log in too, almost everything we do on the internet requires us to create an account and store more details on servers that we have no control over their level of security. The only thing we can control is the usefulness of the data we provide, keeping it unique or managed is the only way forward in today’s digital world.”