Hackers have compromised Chili’s PoS systems

If you ate a plate of Tex-Mex at Chili’s recently, it might be time for a potential case of fraud, all thanks to a point-of-sale (PoS) breach that Chili’s discovered on Friday. Its parent company, Brinker International, gave customers a heads-up on the same day.

This is their Tweeter announcement:

Chili’s Grill & Bar ✔ @Chilis

On May 11 we learned that some of our Guests’ payment card information from certain restaurants was compromised. We value our relationship with our Guests and are committed to sharing details as we know more here:

3:06 PM – May 12, 2018
Notice of Unauthorized Access to Chili’s® Grill & Bar Guest Data
Dear Valued Guests, This notice is to make you aware that some Chili’s restaurants have been impacted by a data incident, which may have resulted in unauthorized access or acquisition of your…brinker.mediaroom.com

For now, Brinker doesn’t know how many restaurants were affected, nor how many people’s payment details got swept up by the thieves. It’s working with third-party forensics experts on the investigation, which is still assessing the scope of the breach. At this point, Brinker thinks it was limited to the past few months, between March and April.
The malware was used to gather payment card information, including credit or debit card numbers and cardholder names from its PoS systems for in-restaurant purchases.
Brinker said that its Chili’s restaurants don’t collect taxpayer IDs, full date of birth, or federal or state identification numbers, meaning that sensitive data wasn’t compromised.
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The shame is even higher for Chili because it prides itself on being a technological innovator. Let’s not forget 2013, when Chili’s claimed to have “revolutionized” the casual dining industry with tabletop tablets. In 2016, it introduced “a new era for online ordering” which included features like pre-order. It also announced the nationwide rollout of mobile payment on its tabletop tablets.

Unfortunately, payment systems can be both technological innovation and a massive risk if they are poorly cyber secure.
These cyber attacks are not singular they are growing day by day, we’ve seen at least 40 carwash PoS systems hacked, and their credit card data drained. In that case, the PoS system manufacturer, Micrologic, pointed the finger at vulnerabilities in the remote-access software.
Carwash breach was in 2013. A year that was hit hard by the new Citadel Trojan malware variant crafted to attack POS systems which were using a Canadian payment card processor. The same year closed out with the massive PoS breach at Target in November. 2013 was stuffed with plenty of PoS breaches at restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and other brick-and-mortar retailers.
Restaurants that have been hit by data breaches more recently include Panera, which had a leaky database on its website for eight months. The records belonged to customers who had registered for a program to order food online.

In March, Applebee’s found PoS malware on payment systems in 167 locations across 15 states, potentially exposing customer credit card data.
That’s been said, Chili’s may be a technology innovator, but it’s just the latest victim of having those innovations pried open by hackers.
Brinker is advising customers who ate at a Chili’s restaurant during March or April to check their credit report and credit card statements and to consider putting a security freeze on their credit account. The company’s advisory has details on who to contact to get all that done.
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