Earl Enterprises admitted that hackers have stolen payment card data from tens of its restaurants over a period of 10 months.
Restaurants at Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy!, Mixology and Tequila Taqueria owned by Earl Enterprises were impacted by the security breach. An investigation confirmed that almost all the Buca di Beppo locations across the United States have been affected by the breach. The incident also impacted many other locations belonging to the other brands of the Earl Enterprises holding.
Crooks used a PoS malware to syphon payment card data from point-of-sale (PoS) systems at the affected locations. The malicious code was designed to capture card numbers, expiration dates and cardholder names.
Customers that made payment at the impacted locations between May 23,
“Earl Enterprises recently became aware of a data security incident potentially affecting payment card information of a limited number of guests that dined at certain of Earl Enterprises’ restaurants. Potentially affected restaurants include the following brands: Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy!, Mixology and Tequila Taqueria.” reads the data breach notification. “We are providing this notice to our guests to inform them of the incident and steps they can take to help protect themselves. The security and privacy of our guests’ payment card data
According to the data breach notification, Planet Hollywood hotels or stores Bertucci’s, neither were Seaside on the Pier and Café Hollywood brands were not affected.
The company confirmed that locations outside of the United States were not affected.
Unfortunately, the stolen
Krebs reported its discovery to Earl Enterprises that quickly launched an investigation with the support of two cybersecurity firms and feds.