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Chili’s Data Breach Leaves Customers’ Information Vulnerable

As the world moves from paper to digital information, data becomes more and more easy to breach.

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The Tex-Mex restaurant chain Chili’s is the latest victim of a data breach.

On Saturday, the parent company Brinker International announced that an incident may have resulted in a credit and debit card data breach. The statement confirmed that no personal data such as social security numbers or dates of birth was breached as the company does not collect that type of information.

The company made the announcement the day they discovered the breach.

“We sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected and assure you we are working diligently to resolve this incident,” the company wrote in the statement. “We are working with third-party forensic experts to conduct an extensive investigation to confirm the nature and scope of this incident.”

While it is not yet confirmed how many people have been impacted, the company believes that the breach was limited to March and April 2018. Brinker International is continuing to assess the scope of the breach and advises customers to monitor bank statements for transactions during that period.

Chili’s joins a long list of retailers who have had their data breached in the past year. Other retailers include Gamestop, Arby’s Whole Foods, Sonic, and Under Armour.

 

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Arianna is College Media Network's Weekend Editor and a student at Penn State University. She has written for various websites, including Thought Catalog and The Odyssey Online. Arianna also runs her own blog called Yoga With Mimosas in which she combines her passion for fitness and writing in hopes of inspiring and empowering others through her work.

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