On January 2, 2020, dining and entertainment conglomerate, Landry’s, announced a point-of-sale malware attack that targeted customers’ payment card data – the company’s second data breach since 2015. Landry’s owns over 600 popular American restaurants across the U.S., including Del Frisco’s Grill, Joe’s Crab Shack, Bubba Gump, Rainforest Café and more; 63 of Landry’s restaurant brands were impacted by the malware. The number of customers impacted by the breach has not been disclosed, but the malicious code is expected to have picked up payment details from credit and debit cards swiped on Landry’s order entry systems occurring between March 13 and October 17, 2019. The hacked Personally Identifiable Information (PII) included credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes, and cardholder names.
Consumers are at Risk for Credit Card Fraud
If you have dined at any of Landry’s restaurants this year, you may be at risk of credit card fraud. When a fraudster obtains your credit card information, they will often test the card with small purchases that will fly under the radar before making a bigger purchase using your money. It is critical when personal information is publicly exposed to continuously review your bank statements so that you can rapidly report to your financial institutions any stolen funds.
By freezing your credit at each of the three credit bureaus you’ll restrict access to your credit report, adding an extra layer of defense against identity thieves. However, freezes are limited because they only help protect against new accounts opened in your name. New fraudulent account openings are one of the rarest types of identity theft out there, affecting only four percent of victims.
Protect Yourself All Year Long
If you suspect your personal information was compromised in Landry’s malware attack, be vigilant about monitoring your personal and financial accounts. Follow these ten tips to help you stay alert to fraud and further safeguard your identity from cyberthieves.