The leaked card data collection was posted under a thread titled “BIGBADABOOM-III,” and was described in a snapshot taken by cyber-crime intelligence company Gemini Advisory as the greatest (sic) hack in the last 5 years.
‘Since the hack may have impacted more than 850 stores and potentially exposed 30 million sets of payment data, it rates among 2019’s biggest payment card attacks, and of all time, ‘ analysts report.
In a response, Wawa confirmed that management is familiar with the recent illegal effort to sell the payment card details of some consumers and that it is cooperating with federal law enforcement as part of a continuing investigation.
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The modern chip-based cards are much tougher to falsify, Krebs stated, but US banks and retailers have been slow to adopt the secure, but also more costly, credit card technology.
The Pennsylvania-based company announced in December 2019 that its information security team found security vulnerabilities on their payment processing servers and on December 10 and managed to halt the breach on December 12.
Wawa has since experienced multiple lawsuits. As of December at least six lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Pennsylvania requesting class-action status.
If you find some fraudulent activity on your payment receipts, Wawa advises that you should disclose it directly to your bank or financial institution.
By federal law, unauthorized transactions recorded in a timely manner should be refunded, and we’ve put together some suggestions in the meantime if you want to pay as safely as possible.