The parent company of these chains, Earl Enterprise, recently announced that an unspecified number of store locations were found to have been infected by PoS malware.
When taken together, they managed to harvest more than two million credit card numbers nationwide. These were later found for sale on the Dark Web.
The list of restaurants includes:
- Chicken Guy!
- Tequila Taqueria
- Earl of Sandwich
- Planet Hollywood
- Buca di Beppo
If you’ve been to any of the restaurants named above in that range of time, you may have already received a notification from the company. If you want to confirm whether the location near you was one that was compromised, Earl Enterprise has a lookup tool on their website allowing you to drill down and find out definitively.
The company was made aware of the issue in late February when they were contacted by private security researcher Brian Krebs. He discovered a large cache of credit card numbers on the Dark Web that belonged to the company’s customers.
Once they were informed, they launched their own internal investigation, duly notified law enforcement, and brought in a third-party firm to assist them with the investigation. Upon confirming Krebs’ findings, they made a public announcement to their customers.
Exercising an abundance of caution, Earl Enterprise is encouraging all its customers to keep a watchful eye on their credit and debit card statements and to stay alert for any suspicious activity. If you notice any, report it to the company that issued your credit card immediately. If you see something and don’t report it right away, you may wind up having to pay for charges you didn’t make.