Dickey’s BBQ Data Breach Lawsuit | Stolen Credit Card Information
According to KrebsOnSecurity, “One of the digital underground’s most popular stores for peddling stolen credit card information began selling a batch of more than three million new card records this week. KrebsOnSecurity has learned the data was stolen in a lengthy data breach at more than 100 Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant locations around the country.”
“On Monday, the carding bazaar Joker’s Stash debuted “BlazingSun,” a new batch of more than three million stolen card records, advertising “valid rates” of between 90-100 percent. This is typically an indicator that the breached merchant is either unaware of the compromise or has only just begun responding to it.
Multiple companies that track the sale in stolen payment card data say they have confirmed with card-issuing financial institutions that the accounts for sale in the BlazingSun batch have one common theme: All were used at various Dickey’s BBQ locations over the past 13-15 months.
Q6Cyber CEO Eli Dominitz said the breach appears to extend from May 2019 through September 2020.
“The financial institutions we’ve been working with have already seen a significant amount of fraud related to these cards,” Dominitz said.
Gemini says its data indicated some 156 Dickey’s locations across 30 states likely had payment systems compromised by card-stealing malware, with the highest exposure in California and Arizona. Gemini puts the exposure window between July 2019 and August 2020.”
Data breaches occur when unauthorized parties gain access to private information. It can be the result of a cyberattack that exposes a corporation’s databases or a restaurant’s payment systems. When a data breach happens to a restaurant group, financial information and credit card information from customers can be compromised. This can lead to a number of problems, including fraudulent credit card transactions and identity theft.
Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway represents consumers in lawsuits against corporations around the world that fail to adequately safeguard customer information. If you’ve been notified of the Dickey’s BBQ data breach or have paid for a meal at Dickey’s BBQ between July 2019 and August 2020, please contact Peiffer Wolf by filling out an online contact form or by calling 314-833-4827 for a FREE Consultation.
What is a Data Breach?
A data breach means that private/confidential information is accessed and/or exposed by unauthorized people or organizations. The information acquired from data breaches can include name, login information, passwords, e-mail and physical addresses, credit card numbers, etc. In some instances, it can even include Social Security numbers.
Companies and institutions storing data for consumers have a legal obligation to keep it secure and inaccessible to third parties. They can be held liable for failing to keep your information safe. If Dickey’s BBQ failed to adequately safeguard your financial information, please contact Peiffer Wolf by filling out an online contact form or by calling 314-833-4827 for a FREE Consultation.
Data Breach: Why Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant?
Although the headlines typically focus on ransomware, credit card thieves continue to attack merchants like Dicky’s BBBQ. Cybercriminals continue to attack companies, restaurants, and merchants that have not installed credit card readers that require chip-based payment cards. Despite continued pushes from the credit card associations, many restaurants like Dicky’s BBQ are slow to adapt. As reported by KrebsOnSecurity, “there are countless restaurant locations — usually franchise locations of an established eatery chain — that are left to decide for themselves whether and how quickly they should make the upgrades necessary to dip the chip versus swipe the stripe.”
“Dickey’s operates on a franchise model, which often allows each location to dictate the type of point-of-sale (POS) device and processors that they utilize,” Gemini wrote in a blog post about the incident. “However, given the widespread nature of the breach, the exposure may be linked to a breach of the single central processor, which was leveraged by over a quarter of all Dickey’s locations.”
NYU researchers found that one cyber criminal, BriansClub, “earned close to $104 million in gross revenue from 2015 to early 2019, and listed over 19 million unique card numbers for sale. Around 97% of the inventory was stolen magnetic stripe data, commonly used to produce counterfeit cards for in-person payments.”
Dickey’s BBQ Data Breach | What Should You Do?
If Dicky’s BBQ sent you a notice that a data breach occurred and your information was compromised, you should take a few steps to protect yourself.
- If credit/debit card information was stolen, you should cancel your credit/debit card and ask for a new one;
- Change your passwords and security questions for the breached accounts. If you use the same or similar passwords for other accounts, change them as well;
- If your Social Security number was stolen, you might consider a credit freeze and should have a credit monitoring service set up;
Protecting yourself after a data breach comes at a high price, and you will have to spend time and money to make sure you are not the victim of fraud and identity theft. That is why it is imperative that you take action and demand compensation.
Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway represents consumers in lawsuits against corporations and merchants around the world that fail to adequately safeguard customer information. Please contact Peiffer Wolf by filling out an online contact form or by calling 314-833-4827 for a FREE Consultation.
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Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway represents consumers in lawsuits against corporations and merchants around the world that fail to adequately safeguard customer information. If your information has been compromised, please contact Peiffer Wolf by filling out an online contact form or by calling 314-833-4827 for a FREE Consultation.
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