If you were jump-starting your Cinco de Mayo with some Tex-Mex in March or April make sure to check your credit information. What’s happening at Chili’s now is less than a party. Luckily we have everything you need to know to stay safe.
Brinker, Chili’s parent company, just released a public warning stating that their restaurant chain was victim to a malware breach that compromised guest debit and credit card information as well as cardholder names. They’ve opened an investigation but are currently unsure which locations were affected by the breach.
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: https://t.co/xWnJ1a7Auy
— Chili's Grill & Bar (@Chilis) May 12, 2018
This demonstrates how careful we all need to be with our online protection to make sure our private life stays private. We all need to monitor our security and be proactive about running FixMeStick scans to make sure we’re safe and secure.
What to monitor if you’ve been affected by this, or a similar breach:
- Watch out for phishing scams that are released after a data breach – hackers will pose as the affected company to try and extort more information from you
- Watch for strange charges on your credit card statements and any strange activity on your online accounts.
- Go here to check how Chili’s plans to reach out to affect guests and keep yourself informed
Best practices if your data was breached:
- Contact your financial institution to cancel or modify any accounts linked with that card
- Contact Chili’s for credit monitoring and free ID protection services
- Check here for our tips on how to recover from a data breach
- Run a FixMeStick scan — this ensures there’s no malware lurking on your computer
Luckily the information here doesn’t involve your Social Security number, driver’s license information or your home address but we still need to be diligent with our online security. Subscribe to our newsletter on the right to get the latest threat alerts right to your inbox.