Malware used to collect customers' data at Chili's


"On May 11, 2018, we learned that some of our guests' payment card information was compromised at certain Chili's restaurants as the result of a data incident", the company said.

Chili's Grill & Bar, along with Brinker International, the company that owns the restaurant, announced this weekend that a recent "data incident" may have compromised some customers' payment information.

Chili's Bar and Grill is the latest company dealing with a data breach.

They said that malware was used to gather card information including credit and debit card numbers and names of cardholders. The company said it is working with third-party forensic experts to understand the details of the incident.

The Brinker incident is somewhat out of the ordinary because companies rarely report card breaches on the same day they discover them, usually waiting weeks and sometimes months to have concrete details before putting out a statement. It confirmed that no personal data such as social security numbers or dates of birth was breached since it doesn't collect this information. Law enforcement was also notified of the incident.

We sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected and assure you we are working diligently to resolve this incident.

"We are committed to sharing additional information on this ongoing investigation with our Guests as we learn more", Chili's said. You can also contact the nationwide credit-reporting agencies to add a fraud alert statement to your credit file and place a security freeze on your credit account.