If you stopped into your local Chili’s in the past few months for a rack of those tender baby back ribs, you’ll want to check your credit card statement ASAP. Brinker International, parent company to the popular Tex-Mex casual chain restaurant, announced a breach to its system that could put your information at risk.
Brinker is working with a third-party forensic team to determine what happened, but the source of the breach is still unknown at this time. A list of restaurants has not been released, but officials estimate the incident will effect guests who visited the restaurant between March and April 2018.
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
Regardless, it’s safest to just assume that your credit card information was accessed, and take advantage of the free credit monitoring and fraud resolution services the company is offering. Services include one year of credit score monitoring, identity theft recovery services, and a $1 million insurance reimbursement policy. (You can sign up for these services here.)
In an announcement, Brinker said they believe malware was used to gather credit and debit card information, including names, but not home addresses or other personal information.
“Law enforcement has been notified of this incident and we will continue to fully cooperate. We are working to provide fraud resolution and credit monitoring services for those guests who may have been impacted,” Brinker International said in a statement.
At this time, the company does not recommend cancelling your credit card unless you see suspicious activity.
“We sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected and assure you we are working diligently to resolve this incident,” Brinker International said.