A full-service mega restaurant operator is hacked

Landry’s Inc., the owner of more than 40 casual and fine-dining restaurant brands, warned yesterday that data thieves had hacked its charge-card systems and stolen customer information.

The company did not say when the breach had occurred, how many customers have been affected or how many of its brands were involved.  It stressed in a statement that an investigation is continuing but that security measures had already been adopted to protect patrons’ information going forward.

“Even though we will not know the full scope of this incident until the investigation is completed, we will work vigilantly to address any potential issues that may affect our customers,” the statement read.

It added that “customers are generally not responsible” for unauthorized charges on their cards.

The parent of Claim Jumper and Salt Grass Steak House said it was alerted to the problem by customers who found charges on their credit card accounts that they had not made.

Landry’s other brands include Rusty Pelican, Mitchell’s Steakhouse, Bubba Gump, The Crab House, McCormick & Schmick’s and Morton’s, along with its namesake seafood concept.
The private company is controlled by Tillman Fertitta, a partner in the original Landry’s restaurant.

Landry’s also owns Golden Nugget casinos and several waterside entertainment complexes.

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