Malware used to collect customers' data at Chili's

Malware used to collect customers' data at Chili's

Chili's Grill and Bar announced on their Facebook page Saturday morning that some restaurants had a breach in their data systems.

Brinker also said Chili's payment system was not created to store personal information such as social security number, full date of birth, or federal or state identification number.

Chili's restaurant chain is the latest company to suffer a data breach.

"We are working with third-party forensic experts to conduct an extensive investigation to confirm the nature and scope of this incident", it said. The company does not collect other identifying information like Social Security numbers, birth dates or state ID numbers. An investigation is ongoing.

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The Brinker incident is somewhat out of the ordinary because companies rarely report card breaches on the same day they discover them, usually waiting weeks and sometimes months to have concrete details before putting out a statement.

"We deeply value our relationships with our Guests and sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected", the chain said. Law enforcement has been notified of this incident and we will continue to fully cooperate.

Credit fraud resolution and credit monitoring services will be provided to customers, according to the statement, but details have not been finalized.

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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