Cheddar’s Restaurants Bitten By Credit-Card Breach
Fast-casual stalwart Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has become the latest restaurant to suffer a payment-card breach.
Cheddar’s, known for its reasonably priced country-fried chicken, pot pies, ribs and other comfort food, has hundreds of locations across the Midwest and the South. It said that it discovered the breach last Thursday; the breach itself however took place between November 3, 2017 and January 2.
“An unauthorized person or persons gained access to the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen network and were able to access and potentially obtain payment-card information used to make purchases in certain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurants,” the company said in a notice on its website.
Restaurants in 23 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) were impacted, it said – indicating the incident arose via a corporate network breach and malware implementation rather than the use of physical card-skimmers.