Malware Discovered on Wawa In-Store Payment Processing Systems At Potentially All Wawa Locations – Massive Data Breach Affected Wawa Customer Payment Card Information
On December 19, 2019, “An Open Letter from Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens to [Wawa] Customers” stated, among other things, that ” . . . Wawa . . . experienced a data security incident . . . on Wawa payment processing servers on December 10, 2019, and contained it by December 12, 2019.” The CEO’s “Notice of Data Breach” also stated that the ” . . . malware affected customer payment card information used at potentially all Wawa locations beginning at different points in time after March 4, 2019 and until it was contained.”
According to Wawa’s data breach notice, “. . . at different points in time after March 4, 2019, malware began running on in-store payment processing systems at potentially all Wawa locations. Although the dates may vary and some Wawa locations may not have been affected at all, this malware was present on most store systems by approximately April 22, 2019. [Wawa’s] information security team identified this malware on December 10, 2019, and by December 12, 2019, they had blocked and contained this malware.” [Emphasis added.]
Further, Wawa’s data breach notice stated that the
malware affected payment card information, including credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and cardholder names on payment cards used at potentially all Wawa in-store payment terminals and fuel dispensers beginning at different points in time after March 4, 2019 and ending on December 12, 2019. Most locations were affected as of April 22, 2019, however, some locations may not have been affected at all. No other personal information was accessed by this malware. Debit card PIN numbers, credit card CVV2 numbers (the three or four-digit security code printed on the card), other PIN numbers, and driver’s license information used to verify age-restricted purchases were not affected by this malware. If you did not use a payment card at a Wawa in-store payment terminal or fuel dispenser during the relevant time frame, your information was not affected by this malware. At this time, we are not aware of any unauthorized use of any payment card information as a result of this incident. The ATM cash machines in our stores were not involved in this incident. [Emphasis added.]
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