A team of computer hackers has stolen hundreds of billions of euros from the world’s largest fast-casual restaurant chains.
The cybercrime group that carried out the attacks targeted several popular chain restaurants, including McDonald’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Burger King, according to the FBI.
The group, which calls itself LulzSec, said in a statement it was “pleased” with the theft of the money and that the group would not disclose the source of the funds.
The investigation was led by the FBI’s cybercrime task force, the Cyber Division.
In a statement, McDonald’s said the company was “aware of the recent hack” and that it was investigating.
The FBI said in the statement that it is looking into the theft.
McDonald’s said in an e-mail to Reuters that it would not comment on individual cases.
“We take our customers’ security very seriously and we have zero tolerance for this type of criminal activity,” it said.
The company said in its statement that the hack “was a significant breach of our systems and impacted the business operations of thousands of employees, and our internal IT infrastructure was impacted by this attack.”
“We are working closely with law enforcement and are taking immediate action to identify and prevent any further attacks,” the company said.
Law enforcement officials said they were investigating whether there was a connection between the theft and another major online crime group.
A person who used the online handle known as TheGuardian claimed responsibility for the hack and said it was part of a wider campaign by a group called the “LulzSec,” which has been blamed for previous breaches of the websites of the Democratic National Committee and the Office of Personnel Management.
Lulzsec’s online presence has been growing.
The site is not registered to a real person, and its user-generated content is widely seen as part of its online persona.
In the statement, the group said it is continuing to investigate the attack and that “any information provided in any response by anyone to our investigation will be fully treated with the utmost confidence.”
The FBI declined to comment.
The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.