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More than 2 million credit card numbers stolen from Earl Enterprise restaurants for 10-month violations



The parent company of restaurants such as Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo and Mixology has confirmed that it experienced a security breach after security researchers found that more than 2 million stolen credit card numbers were sold online.

KrebsOnSecurity says it contacted the company in February after it discovered "strong evidence" that customer credit cards and debit card numbers were sold online. Hackers used "malware installed at their outlets" to steal 2.15 million credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and some cardholder names from restaurants in 40 states.

Earl Enterprises states that the breach took place between May 23, 201

8 and March 18, 2019, and that "the incident is now contained." The break affected individual restaurant locations of Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy !, Mixology and Tequila Taqueria outlets. The company has since launched a website for customers to check if a place they had visited was one of those affected. It also says that online orders were not affected by the breach.

The company recommends that customers investigate their statements for suspicious activity and notify the issuer if they find fraudulent transactions.


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