Credit Card Information Exposed in Chili’s Data Breach
Malware installed on the payment systems of Chili’s restaurants may have exposed the payment card details of diners.
Chili’s parent company, Brinker International, announced Saturday that the malware was active on the system between March and April of this year at some of their stores, though they did not share how many restaurants were affected. There are more than 1,600 Chili’s locations worldwide.
Information that could have been stolen in the breach includes cardholder names and credit or debit card information, though the company has not stated how many customers may have been affected.
The company has hired a third-party forensic expert team to investigate the breach and determine what upgrades should be made to the payment system. Additionally, they have notified law enforcement.
On its website, the company wrote they “deeply value our relationships with our Guests and our priority remains doing what is right for them.” As a sign of good faith, they have pledged to provide “fraud resolution and credit monitoring services for those Guests who may have been impacted” but have not yet detailed how diners can take advantage of these services.
Brinker International said they will continue to update guests about the investigation and provide information on how to take advantage of credit monitoring when it is available.
Chili’s customers should monitor their payment card statements and notify their card issuer if they discover unauthorized activity.