Once again here we are to discuss of a data breach suffered by a restaurant chain this time the victim is Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
The news has been confirmed by the company that was informed of the data breach this month.
Attackers breached into the company network between Nov. 3, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018 and stole customer payment card data.
“Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurants have been the victims of cyberattacks, which may have resulted in unauthorized access to or acquisition of your payment card information.” reads the data breach notification.
“On August 16, 2018, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen (a concept acquired by Darden Restaurants in 2017) learned that between November 3, 2017 and January 2, 2018, an unauthorized person or persons gained access to the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen network and were able to access and potentially obtain payment card information used to make purchases in certain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurants.”
Restaurants affected by the security breach are in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to investigate the security breach, the investigation is still ongoing It seems that hackers compromised a network that was permanently disabled and replaced by April 10, 2018, current systems and networks were not impacted by this incident.
“The unauthorized access appears to have occurred on a network that was permanently disabled and replaced by April 10, 2018.” continues the notification.
“It’s important to note that there are no indications of unauthorized access to the current Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen network and systems.”
The company is recommending customers to enrol in the identity protection services they are providing. Customers must remain vigilant and take steps to themselves from identity theft by reviewing your account statements and by checking your credit report from one or more of the national credit reporting agencies periodically.
The company is offering a free annual credit report from each of the nationwide credit reporting companies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.