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KFC enhances payment security, gives customers more payment options

BY Marianne Wilson

KFC has upgraded its payments system to a new solution that provides the fast-casual giant with multiple benefits.

KFC, has migrated its payments system in the U.S. to Ingenico Group’s Telium semi-integrated solution to simplify its path to EMV card acceptance and reduce PCI compliance scope while also providing customers with more payment options and enhanced payment security.

As part of the solution, KFC customers will now be able to pay using all forms of electronic payment, including EMV chip & PIN, EMV chip & sign, magstripe and NFC/contactless.

“Upgrading our payment terminals wasn’t just about migrating to EMV – it was about helping to protect our customers’ payment information and giving them the ability to pay the way they want, whether it’s by using their mobile device or their credit card,” said Chris Caldwell, CIO, KFC U.S. “Ingenico Group has helped KFC U.S. transition to EMV and implement a seamless payment experience for our customers with best-in-class terminals that accept a variety of payment options.”

KFC is using a mix of Ingenico Group’s smart terminals at the counter and for its drive-thrus, providing customers a fast and secure payment solution no matter where and how they pay. Using a semi-integrated approach, where sensitive cardholder data is routed around the point of sale, allows KFC to better protect its customers’ payment information. With Ingenico Group, the quick-service restaurant chain was able to transition from a fully integrated to a semi-integrated model.

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Under Armour fitness app attacked by hackers

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

An athletic goods giant is the latest company to suffer a data breach, albeit in a more indirect way.

Under Armour’s food and nutrition app and website, called MyFitnessPal, suffered a data breach. On March 25, the MyFitnessPal team became aware that an unauthorized party acquired data associated with user accounts in late February. Approximately 150 million user accounts were comprised in the data breach.

Cyber-thieves pilfered usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords – the majority with the hashing function called bcrypt, which is used to secure passwords. The affected data did not include government-issued identifiers, such as Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers, since Under Armour does not collect this information from users. Payment card data was also not affected because it is collected and processed separately.

Upon learning about the incident, the company quickly took steps to determine the nature and scope of the issue. Within four days of learning of the breach, Under Armour used email and in-app messaging to alert the MyFitnessPal community of the incident, according to the company.

Under Armour is currently working with leading data security firms to investigate the incident. It is also coordinating with law enforcement authorities, the company reported.

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Toys ‘R’ Us goes dark for online shoppers

BY CSA Staff

The end is growing closer for Toys “R” Us.

The company has shut the e-commerce websites for its namesake and Babies “R” Us divisions. Visitors to the sites are invited to shop the company’s going-out-of-business sales, and directed to a new Web page, goodbuytoysrus.com, which has information about the liquidation sales that are currently taking place across the chain’s stores. (Toys “R” Us corporate website is still live.)

Here is the message on the company’s e-commerce sites:

Thanks for visiting. We have shut down the website for any purchases but our brick and mortar stores are open and holding going out of business sales. You can keep up-to-date with the sale at goodbuytoysrus.com and liquidation-going-out-of-business-FAQs. We encourage you to stop by your local store and take full advantage of the deep discounts and deals available. Thank you for your business and support over the years.

Sincerely, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us teams.

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