Dairy Queen may be victim of data breach

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Dairy Queen has been hit by the same malware that Target was crippled by last year. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Dairy Queen has been hit by the same malware that Target was crippled by last year. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

(PIX11) — Dairy Queen may have become the latest chain hit by malware designed to steal customers’ credit and debit card information.

Dairy Queen acknowledged “customer data at a limited number of stores may be at risk” after Krebs Security reported a possible breach, citing unnamed sources.

The ice-cream and fast-food chain, part of  Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, has several thousand stores across the country, including several in the tri-state area. A Manhattan branch opened in May.

According to Star Tribune, the "backoff malware" that apparently hit DQ could have affected around 1,000 other U.S. retailers.

Among the high-profile cases of stores hit by the malware is Supervalu, which has 1,000 grocery and liquor stores across the country.

Target was also affected by the malware during the 2013 holiday shopping period, stinging 70 million customers. So far, Target has had to dish out $150 million in reparation.