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An employee of a McDonald's in Seoul, South Korea, in May 27. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Hackers stole data, including customer emails, phone numbers and addresses, from McDonald’s computer systems in the U.S., South Korea and Taiwan, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: It's the latest cyber attack against a major U.S.-based corporation, with the news breaking a day after FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Congress that "the cyber threat is increasing almost exponentially."

  • Unlike other prominent attacks, the breach did not disrupt McDonald's operations and did not involve the use of ransomware malware to extort money from the fast-food giant.

Details: Private consultants hired by McDonald's to investigate recent unauthorized activity on an internal security system discovered that company data had been breached in certain markets, including the U.S., South Korea and Taiwan.

  • McDonald's told U.S. employees in a message Friday that business contact information for U.S. employees and franchisees, as well as details about restaurants — such as seating capacity and the square footage of play areas — had been disclosed through the breach, according to the Journal.
  • In South Korea and Taiwan, hackers stole customer and employee emails, phone numbers, and addresses, McDonald's said.
  • The company did not disclose how many people have been affected by the breach.

The big picture: McDonald's South Korea and Taiwan divisions notified regulators in those countries of the breach Friday, and said it would would contact customers and employees who had been affected.

  • The company will also notify employees in South Africa and Russia of possible unauthorized access to their information.
  • It warned U.S. employees and franchisees to be on the lookout for phishing emails and to protect their personal information.

Go deeper: Profit-driven cyberattacks are becoming frighteningly routine

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Sep 16, 2021 - World

North Korea tests rail-based missile system in latest launch

North Korea tested a new "railway-borne missile system" during its latest launch on Wednesday, adding another option for its ballistic missile program, according to North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Why it matters: North Korea's new system was tested during a flurry of missile launches around the Korean Peninsula, where South Korea successfully operated its submarine-launched ballistic missile system for the first time.

Former Sen. David Perdue to launch bid for Georgia governor

Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Former Senator David Perdue (R) plans to announce a campaign against Georgia's incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp Monday, according to a source familiar with Perdue's thinking.

Why it matters: Perdue's challenge to his former ally Kemp sets up an unprecedented "scorched earth" battle between Georgia Republicans fueled by former President Donald Trump, in the battleground state. The news was first reported by Politico.

Updated 58 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Bob Dole at an event put on by the World Food Program where he was awarded the first “McGovern-Dole Leadership Award” in December 2013. Photo: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record.