Chili’s is the latest chain restaurant to suffer from a payment card breach, with limited information available as investigators work to determine the scope of the incident.
On May 11, Chili’s learned that some of its patrons’ payment card information was compromised at certain Chili’s restaurants; the restaurant chain operates 1,600 Chili’s restaurants total.
The chain believes malware was used to gather payment card information, including credit and debit card information and cardholder names from payments systems used for in-restaurant purchases. They believe the incident is limited to between March-April 2018, however, the incident is still being investigated.
It provided additional details in a press release:
We deeply value our relationships with our Guests and our priority remains doing what is right for them. We are committed to sharing additional information on this ongoing investigation. More details can be found at: http://brinker.mediaroom.com/ChilisDataIncident.
While third-party forensic experts review the incident, the organization is setting up identity theft and credit monitoring services for affected Chili’s customers. NNT suggests closely monitoring your payment card if used at Chili’s during that time and notifying your financial institutions of any suspicious transactions made.
Chili’s is one of many restaurants that have suffered payment card breaches this past year, including Applebee’s which experienced a PoS breach between December 6, 2017, and January 2, 2018. Point of Sale systems have always presented a lucrative opportunity for fraudsters, but these systems are too sensitive to let go unarmed without proper defense measures in place. Most importantly, organizations dealing with payment transactions must adhere to the PCI DSS compliance standard. NNT makes achieving, proving and remaining compliant simple. Interested in learning just how NNT can help you achieve PCI DSS DSS V3.2 compliance? See below for more details
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