Restaurant operator reports payment card data breach

In a recent report from Earl Enterprises, a number of their restaurants have been impacted by a credit card breach, and that includes their three Disney Springs restaurants.

Earl Enterprises notified its customers of the incident via a press release on March 29, outlining steps they should take to protect themselves.

- Earl Enterprises announced Friday they were the victims of a data security breach which may have exposed customer's information including payment methods.

The company says its investigation suggests hackers were able to install malware on some of its point-of-sale systems in some of its restaurants.

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Also in its statement, Earl Enterprises said that the malicious software installed at the affected stores captured payment card data, which could have included credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and, in some cases, cardholder names.

The data breach affected nearly all Buca di Beppo locations, around 31 Earl of Sandwich restaurants, and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, New York City, and Orlando.

Officials say the breach happened between May 23, 2018 and March 18, 2019.

You can obtain additional information by calling Earl Enterprises' dedicated call center toll-free at 888-437-2399 between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. People who paid for orders online through third-parties need not worry though, since the malware was localized. In addition to the previously mentioned chains, Tequila Taqueria in Las Vegas; Chicken Guy! in Disney Springs, Florida; and Mixology in Los Angeles may have been affected as well. However, cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs said he contacted Earl Enterprises about the breach after uncovering evidence in February that 2 million credit and debit card numbers linked to its customers had been sold on the dark web. Leave a comment to let us know what safeguards you'd like to see implemented.

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