Restaurant chain operator Earl Enterprises Holdings, Inc. is facing a proposed class action in the wake of a months-long data breach that exposed customers’ private information to hackers. Restaurants reportedly affected by the breach include Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Chicken Guy!, Tequila Taqueria, and Mixology.
According to the complaint, the security breach took place between May 23, 2018 and March 18, 2019, and was traced back to malware installed on point-of-sale (POS) systems at about 100 of the defendant’s restaurant locations. The suit charges that the company did not take “reasonable and sufficient protective measures,” such as encrypting payment card information and routinely testing security systems, to prevent the breach. Worse, the breach went undetected for 10 months, the case says, noting that the hack could have been spotted earlier had the company properly monitored its system for cyberattacks.
Approximately 2.15 million payment card numbers that were stolen by hackers are “actively for sale on the dark web,” the suit says. You can use the defendant’s online tool to identify which restaurant locations were compromised.