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Data breach at Landry’s Inc. exposes customer payment cards

Landry’s Inc., the restaurant and hospitality conglomerate that owns dozens of national chains like Morton’s Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s, and the Rainforest Cafe, as well as several hotels, resorts, and casinos including the Golden Nugget chain, has confirmed that it suffered a long-lasting data breach that exposed the payment card information of many its customers.

In an announcement posted on its site, Landry’s acknowledged that

criminal attackers were able to install a program on payment card processing devices at certain of our restaurants, food and beverage outlets, spas, entertainment destinations, and managed properties. The program was designed to search for data from the magnetic stripe of payment cards that had been swiped (cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code) as the data was being routed through affected systems.

Landry’s defined the at-risk timeframe for the breach to be from May 4, 2014 through March 15, 2015 and from May 5, 2015 through December 3, 2015. It also presented a more detailed assessment of the breach window by property and location.

As always in such breaches, if you were among those potentially affected the most important step to take is to diligently review your credit or debit card statements in coming months for any signs of suspicious charges. That’s precisely what BillGuard helps you to do.

The Landry’s breach was first reported by Brian Krebs in December 2015.

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