Yet another breach of private consumer information has occurred and W&L is investigating the potential harm suffered by customers. This time, the source of the breach is Landry’s, Inc., with more than 500 outlets, including restaurants, hotels and casinos.
This nationwide chain recently acknowledged that the credit card information of its customers has been stolen. The situation may have been ongoing since last May and is possibly still happening.
Credit Card Fraud in Restaurants: Information Not Secure
Although all the details of the incidents have not yet come to light, the known facts suggest that Landry’s failed to keep its customer information secure.
Customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes were exposed during the data breach.
Landry claims it was in the process of upgrading its credit card information system when the breach occurred. The company cannot provide information on how many and which of its properties are affected.
“Companies like Landry’s have a responsibility to safeguard and secure the sensitive customer information that they store and process,” said James J. Bilsborrow, the attorney in W&L’s Environmental, Toxic Tort & Consumer Protection litigation unit heading up the investigation.
The company failed to implement secure controls over the sensitive financial information that it processed. Landry’s virtually confirms this by indicating that they are currently working to install end-to-end encryption for the credit card purchase process.
Bilsborrow added, “This is something that should have been in place already. Today, every company should be highly aware of the risks posed by data breaches. Companies have a responsibility to respond to those risks by implementing appropriate, reasonable and sufficient safeguards.”
Landry Restaurants You May Have Visited
Customers of some of these more than 500 Landry establishments should check their credit card statements carefully to make sure there have not been any unauthorized charges made:
- Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas and Lake Charles
- Bubba Gump
- Claim Jumper
- McCormick & Schmick’s
- Salt Grass Steak House
- Willie G’s
- Rainforest Café
- Vic & Anthony’s
- Houston Aquarium
- Kemah Boardwalk in Texas
- Galveston’s Pleasure Pier in Texas
According to KrebsonSecurity.com, it is likely that the credit card thieves have used the stolen data to create counterfeit cards. Reports indicate credit card information that was used at various Landry locations was used to create new cards. These cards are being presented at big box stores for unauthorized purchases.
How W&L Can You Help with the Landry Data Breach
Individuals who fear they may have been affected can contact us for a free consultation at (212) 558-5925 or by submitting an online form.
Compensation may be available for individuals who have had personal data stolen and used. This could include fraudulent charges on existing credit card accounts, new accounts being opened without consent and identify theft.
If this has happened to you, and you are aware of unauthorized charges, contact us immediately so we can help you consider your options.