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Not Even the Humble Chicken Bucket Is Safe From Hackers

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If you’re a fried chicken enthusiast living in the United Kingdom, your Chicken Stamps may be in peril.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken’s loyalty program, Colonel’s Club, where you collect Chicken Stamps to “earn your way to free food rewards” has been hacked in the United Kingdom. Not all the 1.2 million UK-based fried chicken fans enrolled in the program were hacked. KFC told ITV News only 30 people have been targeted, but the company decided to inform all members. “Whilst it’s unlikely you have been impacted, we advise that you change your password as a precaution,” the company told UK Chicken Stamp recipients in an email.

The company said it has introduced new security measures to “safeguard [its] members’ accounts.” Brad Scheiner, the head of IT at KFC, UK told ITV News:

We take the online security of our fans very seriously, so we’ve advised all Colonel’s Club members to change their passwords as a precaution, despite only a small number of accounts being directly affected. We don’t store credit card details as part of our Colonel’s Club rewards scheme, so no financial data was compromised.

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KFC presents the Colonel’s Club as “an ancient and venerated order of fried chicken enthusiasts from across the globe.” That’s a really beautiful thing. After what hackers have done to the United States of America, we cannot let them destroy this venerated brotherhood of chicken lovers. Pray for us all.

[ITV News via TechCrunch]

Eve Peyser was the night editor at Gizmodo.

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Change their password. What? Are they afraid?... Are they.... Chicken? I’ll see myself out.