Last Friday, RMH Franchise Holdings revealed that malware had been found on point-of-sale (PoS) systems at the Applebee’s restaurants it operates as a franchise.
According to the data breach notification, the incident affects more than 160 restaurants in several states across the US, including Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming.
In most cases, the malware was present on PoS systems between December 6, 2017, and January 2, 2018. In a small number of cases, the malware had been active since November 23 or December 5, 2017.
The malware was designed to collect guests names, credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes processed during the limited time periods.
Upon discovering the incident on February 13, RMH took steps to ensure it has been contained and worked with third-party security experts to assist in their investigation. “Moving forward, RMH is continuing to closely monitor its systems and review its security measures to help prevent something like this from happening again,” RMH said.
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