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Chili’s Restaurants Data Breach Leaves Credit and Debit Card EXPOSED

Chili’s tried winning over millennial customers with food trends like kale and quinoa, but the casual dining chain is giving up on the pursuit after a slump in sales. On Friday, the company announced it’s cutting 40% of its menu. A new menu will launch on September 18, focusing on classics like fajitas, burgers, and ribs. Trendier options like mango tilapia and fried cauliflower won’t be making the cut.

While you were enjoying that slab of Chili’s Grill & Bar baby back ribs, hackers may have been feasting on your payment card information.

The chain’s parent company Brinker International announced Saturday that a data incident at some Chili’s restaurants may have resulted in a credit and debit card data breach.

The list of impacted restaurants has not been released, but officials said the incident happened between March and April.

“We sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected and assure you we are working diligently to resolve this incident,” Brinker International said in a statement.

The company, who said it learned of the breach on Friday, is now working with third-party forensic experts to determine the details of what happened and how many customers are affected.

Preliminary investigation indicates that malware was used to gather payment card information, including credit and debit card numbers, as well as names of cardholders who made in-restaurant purchases.

“Law enforcement has been notified of this incident and we will continue to fully cooperate. We are working to provide fraud resolution and credit monitoring services for those guests who may have been impacted,” Brinker International said.

 

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