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Data Breach Affects Many Restaurants in Cornerstone States
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:00 AM

The Landry’s restaurant and entertainment group had a data breach of the payment systems of many of its restaurants, bars, and other venues. The company began investigating after reports in December 2015 of unauthorized charges on payment cards that visitors used at some of its properties.

Landry’s restaurant brands include Salt Grass Steak House, Willie G's, McCormick & Schmick's, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, and Morton's. Other entertainment venues include the Golden Nugget, Aquarium in downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk, and the Pleasure Pier in Galveston.

The breaches occurred as early as March 2015 and as late as December 2015.  The breach was a "point of sale" breach, where data is taken the moment cards are swiped for transactions. The program rerouted data such as cardholders' names, card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes from the magnetic stripes on the cards.

The company has enhanced its security since learning of the breach. For a full list of affected businesses, click here. For further information, please visit the Landry's website.

Contact Texas Credit Union Association Legislative and Regulatory Director Charlotte Spencer at 512-853-8511 or cspencer@txcua.coop for more information.