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Chili’s Hack Shows Data Security Breach Prevention an Issue

May 22, 2018

More data security breach prevention tools are perhaps what were needed by the Brinker International owned Chili’s restaurant chain. Chili’s has responded swiftly and well to an incident that has seen customers’ payment card information stolen, but of course, the restaurant chain would have preferred to prevent the incident in the first place.

Chilis Hack Shows Data Security Breach Prevention an Issue

Data security breach prevention fails in number of stores

Chili’s has not revealed the number of stores that suffered a data security breach prevention failure, nor the number of customers affected in the attack at this time. What the chain has revealed, in a statement, is that malware was able to gain unauthorized access to credit and debit card details of customers as they made restaurant payments.

There’s no reason to believe any other information has been stolen at this time. The malware operated, to the organizations best knowledge at the moment, from March to April of this year. The company said in a statement:

“Some Chili’s restaurants have been impacted by a data incident, which may have resulted in unauthorized access or acquisition of your payment card data.

“We sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected and assure you we are working diligently to resolve this incident.”

To be fair to the organization, their response has been fast, and the level of customer service and advice to those affected in the company’s statement is very good. And it might not seem it, but the response time has been fast from Chili’s, so often we don’t see these incidents announced until months or even years down the line. The company clearly had procedures in place to catch incidents like this, unfortunately, it just didn’t manage to catch it earlier in the process.

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