2 Million Credit Cards Exposed After Hack of Buca di Beppo, Planet Hollywood and Others

Over 2 million credit cards have been compromised after hackers installed malware on point-of-sale systems for Earl Enterprises, a restaurant company that owns national chains like Buca di Beppo, Planet Hollywood, and Earl of Sandwich. The hacking occurred between May 23, 2018 and March 18, 2019, according to the company.

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Krebs on Security was the first to notice that the hacked credit card information was being advertised on Joker’s Stash, an online forum where large batches of stolen credit card numbers are bought and sold. The hack was verified in a statement from Earl Enterprises. The restaurants that have been affected include Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, Chicken Guy!, Mixology, and Tequila Taqueria.

Once we learned of a potential incident, we promptly launched an internal investigation and engaged two leading cybersecurity firms,” Earl Enterprises said in a statement.As part of the investigation, we have been in contact with federal law enforcement officials and are cooperating with them.”

Based on the investigation, it appears that unauthorized individuals installed malicious software on some point-of-sale systems at a certain number of Earl Enterprises’ restaurants.”

Any customers who worry that they may have been included in the hack can check the online tool at Earl Enterprises and simply look up their state and the restaurant.

As Earl Enterprises explains, online orders through third-party applications were not affected. If you didn’t go to a location and only purchased $30 Planet Hollywood “wide cuffs” online, for example, your credit card should be safe. Why you purchased $30 Planet Hollywood wide cuffs in the first place may be something worth exploring however.

Other restaurants owned by Earl Enterprises, such as Bertucci’s, Seaside on the Pier, and Café Hollywood, were not affected by the hack. Planet Hollywood hotels and resorts were also not impacted, according to the restaurant company.

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[Earl Enterprises via Engadget]

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

DISCUSSION

AtomikSnowman
AtomicSnowman

Buca is the worst. Not only is their food barely on par with elementary school cafeterias, but it’s “Family Style”. Which means anyone who gets invited out to this dumpster is going to be expected to split the check, even if they just had some salad and an ice water.

This has happened to me once. Once, because I learned my lesson when an acquaintance invited me to a group dinner, I showed up and had a couple bites but wasn’t really hungry. I bought a beer at the bar and had fun. But got stuck with a $30 bill anyways. Which I paid... begrudgingly...

I’ve never gone back unless compelled to do so by my wife, who insisted that we join her “brother” for his “birthday”. And I made it perfectly clear that I wasn’t going to be eating anything. He caught that I wasn’t eating and didn’t try to stick me with the bill.

Over and over I hear about this “Buca” trap where people who like eating out of a trough will invite people to eat, order enough buckets for 2x the diners and then force everyone to split it. My wife once rescued a celiac from paying even though there wasn’t a thing served that he could eat.