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Popular Restaurant Chain Hit With Credit Card hack

By January 5, 2016March 6th, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

landry___s_has_been_hacke_112364_208077Landry’s Has Been Hacked

Landry’s Restaurants, owner of more than 40 well-known brands around the world, such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Chart House, Claim Jumper, Landry’s Seafood, Mastro’s Restaurants, McCormick & Schmick’s, The Steakhouse, Rainforest Café, and others, was hacked, adding their name to the ever-growing list of companies breached in 2015.

The company first noted the breach when they began receiving reports of unauthorized transactions on credit and debit cards used legitimately at some of their restaurants. The company’s investigation is ongoing, and at this point, they don’t yet have a firm assessment of how many properties were impacted, nor exactly how many customer accounts may have been hacked. All that is known with certainty at this point is that the breach began back in May of this year. You can find the company’s official statement here

More information will be provided as the investigation continues but until then, the best course of action if you have visited any of Landry’s restaurants between May and now is to check your credit card statements closely and report any suspicious activity.

It seems lately that not a week goes by that we don’t hear about a major corporation being hacked, data stolen, customers inconvenienced (or worse), and trust lost. Worldwide, it is estimated that cybercrime costs businesses more than $300 million dollars a year. 2015 has seen more hacking attacks, and more successful breaches than any year previous. Odds are that 2016 will break this year’s record. While it’s true that businesses are ramping up their spending on system security, it’s clear that more work is needed on this front.

What’s the state of your business network’s security? Are you prepared for an attempted breach? If you’re not as ready as you could be, then the time to act is now, because it’s not a matter of if, but when. You owe it to yourself, and your business to be as prepared as you can. As we’ve been discovering, system security that’s “good enough,” just never is.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.