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May 15, 2018

Chili's Grill & Bar data breach compromises customers' credit and debit card information

The restaurant chain has 12 locations in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs

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A data breach compromised at Dallas-based Chili's Grill & Bar compromised customer payment information.

If you ate at Chili’s Grill & Bar sometime between March and April you might want to make sure your credit card statement looks OK.

The restaurant chain reported this week that customers payment information had been compromised in a data breach that occurred between March and April 2018 — but it could have been longer.

"Currently, we believe the data incident was limited to between March-April 2018; however, we continue to assess the scope of the incident," a release said.

Chili's has 1,600 locations worldwide. There are 30 locations in Pennsylvania, 24 in New Jersey – 12 of those are in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.

Restaurant officials believe malware was used to gather information from credit cards used in the restaurant, including debit and credit card numbers and cardholder names.

“Upon learning of this incident, we immediately activated our response plan,” a release from Chili’s parent company Brinker International said. “We are working with third-party forensic experts to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the details of what happened. Law enforcement has been notified of this incident and we will continue to fully cooperate.”

It’s unclear which Chili's locations were hacked in the breach and how many customers were affected. The investigation is still ongoing.