Landry's warns of breach of customer cards

Landry's recently reported a string of unauthorized charges on payment cards after some customers dined at the brand's restaurants. The company has begun a formal investigation with the help of a cybersecurity group.

Landry's--parent company of brands such as Bubba Gump, Claim Jumper, McCormick & Schmick's, and Morton's--is working with its processor and payment card networks to stop the unauthorized usage at the specific restaurants where the activity occurred. The new payment system encrypts card data in the processing system.

"Cybercriminals innovate daily – creating new malware and tactics that allow them to breach systems and steal data. During the holidays, all the organizations that use point of sale systems and process payment data are especially targeted because so much credit card, personal and financial data passes through those systems – a goldmine for the cybercriminal," said Paul Jespersen, VP of emerging technologies at Comodo. "To stay a step ahead of the cyber thieves, companies need to work with technology partners and integrators that are even more innovative than the cybercriminals and that implement back-end security technologies such as containment — which wraps an application and transaction in a protective bubble and ensures every POS system that uses the technology is protected from hacking attempts."

Landry's does not yet know the full scope of the breach. Kreb's on Security reported that the problem started in May 2015 and may still be impacting some restaurants. Sources in the banking industry report that they are seeing fraudulent purchases at big-box store on cards that were also used at compromised Landry's.

The news about the breach at Landry's comes at the same time as financial institutions report tracking compromised credit card terminals within multiple Safeway stores in California and Colorado. Safeway also confirmed that it is investigating skimming incidents.

Security is at the top of mind of retailers and consumers, especially during the holiday season. December marks two years since the well-known large breach at Target stores in which 70 million customers had their personal information stolen.

For more:
-See this Landry's press release
-See this Kreb's on Security article

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