What We Do
How we do it
Resources
Company
ABOUT ESENTIRE
About Us
eSentire is The Authority in Managed Detection and Response Services, protecting the critical data and applications of 1500+ organizations in 80+ countries from known and unknown cyber threats. Founded in 2001, the company’s mission is to hunt, investigate and stop cyber threats before they become business disrupting events.
Read about how we got here
Leadership Work at eSentire
LATEST PRESS RELEASE
Sep 20, 2022
eSentire Recognized as Top Global MDR Provider by MSSP Alert, CrowdStrike and G2
Waterloo, ON - September 21, 2022 – eSentire, Inc., the Authority in Managed Detection and Response (MDR), celebrated multiple industry recognitions as the leading global MDR provider, over the last week: Named #9, and the top pure play MDR provider on MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSPs global rankingRecognized as the CrowdStrike 2022 Global MSSP Partner of the Year Earned G2’s industry-renowned status…
Read More
Partners
PARTNER PROGRAM
e3 Ecosystem
We provide sophisticated cybersecurity solutions for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), Managed Service Providers (MSPs), and Value-Added Resellers (VARs). Find out why you should partner with eSentire, the Authority in Managed Detection and Response, today.
Learn more
ECOSYSTEM PARTNER RESOURCES
Apply to become an e3 ecosystem partner with eSentire, the Authority in Managed Detection and Response.
Login to the Partner Portal for resources and content for current partners.
Search
Resources
Blog — Oct 04, 2017

Sonic Data breach: let it be a lesson

3 minutes read
Speak With A Security Expert Now

Sonic drive-in is one of the latest victims in a long line of recent cybersecurity breaches. The fast food restaurant, which has 3,600 locations across 45 states, has acknowledged a breach affecting an unknown number of store payment systems, potentially affecting millions of people.

In mid-September, Sonic was notified of unusual activity involving cards used at their restaurants by their credit card processor. To shed more light on the situation, KrebsonSecurity reported a recent dump of credit card info on a dark web credit card market called Joker's Stash, which contained card numbers recently used at Sonic.

In these underground cybercrime stores, KrebsonSecurity noted the cards advertised are priced somewhat higher than cards stolen in other breaches. He explains that this is likely because this batch of cards is still extremely fresh and have not yet been canceled by card-issuing banks.

What determines the price of a card on the dark web? Most range in price from $25 to $50—a number influenced by factors including the type of card issued (Amex, Visa, MasterCard, etc); the card’s level (classic, standard, signature, platinum, etc.); whether the card is debit or credit; and the issuing bank.[1]

How does this happen and are fast food chains particularly susceptible to cyberattacks? We’ve compiled some answers below.

How did (and does) this happen?

Cybercriminals can steal credit card data from organizations that accept cards by hacking into their point-of-sale systems remotely. Once inside the system, they can install malicious software that copies account data stored on a card’s magnetic stripe. With this information, hackers can create counterfeit cards and either sell them or use them to purchase high-priced merchandise.

However, you could argue that Sonic’s less-than-perfect data protection management is not the only thing at fault. Financial institutions must also bear some of the blame for the way things are.

The United States is the last of the G20 nations to move to chip-based cards, which are far more expensive and difficult for criminals to counterfeit. Despite the clear evidence in favour of more secure, chip-based cards, many financial institutions still haven’t gotten around to replacing traditional magnetic stripe cards, which may help explain why this type of attack continues to occur.

Are fast food chains an easier target than other types of businesses? Why?

Fast food chains, like retailers in general, are more susceptible to cyberattacks than other industries because of the multi-site, distributed model of their business. As it stands, many effective detection and response cybersecurity defenses come with six-figure price tags, which goes well beyond the budget of most franchise owners. Therefore, each individual location (franchise or corporate) represents a potentially weak link in the fast food chain’s operations. This makes fast food chains a vulnerable and lucrative target, which is a recipe for victimization at the hands of cybercriminals who know they’re easier to breach than a large bank or insurance company.

What can Sonic (and other chains) do to prevent this from happening?

Beyond standard PoS security, Sonic and other similar business should focus on the connections between the parent entity and the franchise, and monitor this traffic for indicators of compromise. Also placing controls on point-of-sale systems to prevent unwanted and potentially hazardous activity (web browsing or personal email viewing) greatly reduces the risk of compromise on mission critical systems. And of course, these companies should provide ongoing security awareness training to store location and headquarter employees.

Learn more

As cyberthreats continue to evolve, businesses without adequate cybersecurity defenses will be attacked over and over again, affecting both revenue and reputation. With Managed Detection and Response, our SOC can be a great resource to monitor operations when you can’t do it all. We’ve got your back. Let us know what we can do to help.



[1] https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/breach-at-sonic-drive-in-may-have-impacted-millions-of-credit-debit-cards/

Join 100,000+ Security Leaders

Get notified of the latest news, intel and helpful tools & assets. You can unsubscribe anytime.

By clicking the button below I confirm that I have read and agree to the eSentire privacy policy.

View Most Recent Blogs
eSentire
eSentire

eSentire is the Authority in Managed Detection and Response, protecting the critical data and applications of 1500+ organizations in 80+ countries from known and unknown cyber threats. Founded in 2001, the company’s mission is to hunt, investigate and stop cyber threats before they become business disrupting events. Combining cutting-edge machine learning XDR technology, 24/7 Threat Hunting, and proven security operations leadership, eSentire mitigates business risk, and enables security at scale. The Team eSentire difference means enterprises are protected by the best in the business with a named Cyber Risk Advisor, 24/7 access to SOC Cyber Analysts & Elite Threat Hunters, and industry-leading threat intelligence research from eSentire’s Threat Response Unit (TRU). eSentire provides Managed Risk, Managed Detection and Response and Incident Response services. For more information, visit www.esentire.com and follow @eSentire.