1. McDonald’s rejects data leak of its customers in India

McDonald’s rejects data leak of its customers in India

Fastfood major McDonald's today assured its customers that its website and app does not store the financial data after an independent blog claimed that the company is leaking personal data of more than 2.2 million users.

By: | New Delhi/new York | Updated: March 18, 2017 7:37 PM
The quick service restaurant’s statement came after a post on independent blogpost hackernoon claimed that McDonald’s India is leaking data of 2.2 million users. (Reuters)

Fastfood major McDonald’s today assured its customers that its website and app does not store the financial data after an independent blog claimed that the company is leaking personal data of more than 2.2 million users.

“We would like to inform our users that our website and app does not store any sensitive financial data of the users like credit card details, wallets passwords or bank account information,” an official spokesperson of McDonald’s India (West & South) said in a statement.

The quick service restaurant’s statement came after a post on independent blogpost hackernoon claimed that McDonald’s India is leaking data of 2.2 million users.

“The McDonald’s India app, McDelivery is leaking personal data for more than 2.2 million of its users which includes name, email address, phone number, home address, accurate home co-ordinates and social profile links,” the blogpost had claimed yesterday.

Rejecting the claims, Hardcastle Restaurants, the franchisee of McDonald’s for West and South India operations, said that its website and app has always been safe to use.

“The website and app has always been safe to use, and we update security measure on regular basis,” the statement said.

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However, it also suggested its users to update McDelivery app on their devices.

“As a precautionary measure, we would also urge our users to update the McDelivery app on their devices,” it added.

McDonald’s apologises for hacked tweet slamming Trump

McDonald’s has apologised after it briefly posted on Twitter a blast criticising President Donald Trump, which the company blamed on a hack from an external source.

The quickly deleted tweet offered an uncharitable appraisal of Trump, saying, “You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have Barack Obama back, also you have tiny hands.”

The tweet was removed mid-morning yesterday soon after being posted to one of McDonald’s official Twitter feeds — but not before being retweeted more than a thousand times and garnering plenty of attention in political and media circles.

“Based on our investigation, we have determined that our Twitter account was hacked by an external source,” said McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey in a statement yesterday.

“We took swift action to secure it, and we apologise this tweet was sent through our corporate McDonald’s account.”

Hacking has been a persistent problem in recent years with the growing influence of Twitter and other social media sites.

In April 2013, a hack of the Associated Press resulted in an erroneous post that the White House had been attacked, briefly sending US stocks markets down in a panic.

(With inputs from AFP)

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