Chili’s has become the latest chain to be impacted by a data breach.
The popular eatery’s parent company, Brinker International, announced this week that some customer credit and debit card information has been compromised at several Chili’s locations throughout the country in March and April this year, though the scope of the data breach remains under investigation.
"We sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected and assure you we are working diligently to resolve this incident," Brinker said in a statement. They reportedly discovered the data breach on May 11.
According to Brinker, it is believed that malware was used to gather payment card information including credit or debit card numbers as well as cardholder names from payment-related systems for in-restaurant purchases at certain Chili’s restaurants.
“We immediately activated our response plan upon learning of this incident. We are working with third-party forensic experts to conduct an investigation to determine the details of what happened.”
Brinker noted that Chili’s does not collect personal information such as social security information, birth dates, federal or state identification details from customers.
“We are working with third-party forensic experts to conduct an extensive investigation to confirm the nature and scope of this incident,” they said in a statement. “Law enforcement has been notified of this incident and we will continue to fully cooperate. We are working to provide fraud resolution and credit monitoring services for those guests who may have been impacted.”
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