Data Breach at Landry's Restaurants
On December 17, Landry’s, Inc., the parent company of restaurants such as Landry’s Seafood, Claim Jumper, McCormick & Schmick’s and Rainforest Cafe, announced it had received reports of unauthorized charges made to credit cards used at some of their establishments.
The stolen information seemed to be obtained from the data contained in the magnetic stripe on the back of payment cards. This data included the cardholder’s name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code.
In the statement, the company told customers it had hired a “leading cybersecurity company to investigate this matter” and they “are also working with our processor and payment card networks.”
Landry’s said in its statement that this information is generally used to make fraudulent charges, so it is unlikely that criminals will use it for identity theft.
At this time, the company is not certain how many customers are at risk or which of its more than 500 properties was affected. “Even though we will not know the scope of this incident until then, we will work vigilantly to address any potential issues that may affect our customers.”
To combat data breaches, Landry’s assured customers it began making system changes that would make transactions safer even before this incident. “The new, enhanced payment system encrypts the card data throughout our processing system.”
The company urged customers to regularly monitor their credit card transactions so they can identify fraudulent charges. If unauthorized charges are reported to banks in a timely manner, consumers are generally not responsible for the charges.