Earl Enterprises, who owns Disney Springs restaurants Earl of Sandwich, Planet Hollywood, and Chicken Guy!, is reporting a data breach that potentially included credit cards used over a 10-month stretch. Once Earl Enterprises learned of the incident, it says it promptly initiated an internal investigation and engaged two leading cybersecurity firms. As part of the investigation, the company has been in contact with federal law enforcement officials and is cooperating with them.
The investigation concluded unauthorized individuals installed malicious software on some point-of-sale systems at a certain number of Earl Enterprises’ restaurants, including potentially the three at Disney Springs. The software was designed to capture payment card data, which could have included credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and, in some cases, cardholder names. Although the dates of potentially affected transactions vary by location, guests that used their payment cards at potentially affected locations between May 23, 2018 and March 18, 2019 may have been affected by this incident.
Other Earl Enterprises brands impacted by the data breach include: Buca di Beppo, Mixology, and Tequila Taqueria.
If there are fraudulent charges on your credit/debit card contact the bank or financial institution that issues your card right away and let them know of the fraudulent charges. Earl Enterprises has set up a website at www.earlenterprise.com/incident with additional information and steps that guests can take to help protect themselves.