Massive data breach hits Chicago-area restaurants

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CHICAGO – Customers are being warned of a massive payment card breach at popular restaurants in the Chicagoland area.

Your secure credit and debit card information may have been compromised.

The restaurants are operated by Landry’s and Golden Nugget, which revealed the massive data breach.

Among the Chicago-area restaurants hit: Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Morton’s and McCormick & Schmick.

Landry’s and Golden Nugget says back in December, after receiving a report of suspicious activity regarding payment cards, it hired a cyber security firm.

The firm discovered that hackers had installed a program designed to steal cardholder names, expiration dates, and the verification codes from debit and credit cards.

The breach occurred between May 2014 and December 2015.

In a statement Landry’s and Golden Nugget says:

“Customers that used a payment card at an affected location during its at-risk window should remain vigilant to the possibility of fraud by reviewing their payment card statements for any unauthorized activity. Customers should immediately report any unauthorized charges to their card issuer because payment card rules generally provide that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges reported in a timely manner.”

Golden Nugget and Landry’s says it has enhanced security measures to prevent another breach like this.




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