Chili's Grill & Bar hit with credit data breach

Chili's Grill & Bar hit with credit data breach

The company said malware was used to gather payment card information including credit or debit card numbers as well as cardholder names from payment-related systems for in-restaurant purchases at certain Chili's restaurants.

Brinker says it detected the malware on Friday, May 11, the same day it made the announcement.

They are working with third-party forensic experts and law enforcement to resolve the issue.

The parent company that owns Chili's Grill & Bar (Brinker International) operates 1,600 Chili's locations as well as Maggiano's Little Italy restaurants.

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And Chili's said it doesn't collect Social Security numbers, full date of birth, or federal or state identification numbers from guests.

"However, out of an abundance of caution, we recommend that you remain vigilant and consider taking one or more [.] steps to avoid identity theft, obtain additional information, and protect your personal information". Other measures are listed in its official incident disclosure.

The announcement of the breach came just a day after Brinker says it discovered it, and just a few weeks after it reportedly occurred.

"We deeply value our relationships with our Guests and sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected", the chain said. "We are working to provide fraud resolution and credit monitoring services for those Guests who may have been impacted", a statement reads.

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