It seems to be getting more difficult to stay protected from cybercriminals. Even swiping your credit or debit card at a retail location is risky these days. That's because criminals are constantly searching for companies with insufficient security so they can rip us off.
When we use our cards to purchase goods or services, we expect the company to have a secure point-of-sale (POS) system. That's not always the case.
We've just learned of a massive data breach at one of the country's most popular chain restaurants. If you have eaten at this restaurant recently, hackers have your credit card information.
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Did you frequent this popular restaurant recently?
We're talking about the popular restaurant chain, Chili's.
What's happening is that malware and unauthorized software was installed on the POS system at certain locations. The malware was designed to steal payment card information from guests who swiped their card there.
If you ate at Chili's, you need to watch your credit and debit card statements for any charges you do not recognize. Look for even the smallest of charges. That's how the criminals test valid card numbers.
Better yet, go ahead now and order a replacement credit card to be on the safe side.
Here is a list of data potentially stolen by criminals:
- Guests' names
- Credit or debit card numbers
- Expiration dates
- Card verification codes
According to the release, Chili’s learned that some guests’ payment card information was compromised at certain locations between March and April of this year.
Chili’s says that it is working with third-party forensic experts to determine what happened.
Gee thanks, so that means, watch your statements folks or order a replacement card.
But at least you know because we alerted you to it!