Cyber Attack leads to a data breach of 2.15 million card details of Planet Hollywood

A cyber attack on the parent company of Planet Hollywood named ‘Earl Enterprises’ is reported to have lead to the data breach of more than 2.15 million card details which were later sold on the dark web over a 10-month period.

According to the details available to the media, cyber crooks used malicious software on the Point of Sale Systems (POS) of restaurants owned by Earl Enterprises which led to the data breach in between May’18 to March’19.

The IT staff of the firm says that the cyber incident has been contained and the company is working diligently with security experts to investigate the incident thoroughly.

Prima Facie has revealed that hackers accessed card info after installing malicious software on the POS terminals of the restaurants.

Details on how the software was inducted into the network and the suspects behind the incident are yet to be known.

Krebs on Security was the first firm to make a note of the sale of information on the dark web and immediately notified it to the concerned authorities of Earl Enterprises which owns restaurant chains like Chicken Guy!, Mixology, Tequila Taqueria, Buca Di Beppo, Planet Hollywood and Earl of Sandwich.

Details of the credit card info are reported to have posted on Joker’s Stash, an online forum where stolen digital info is purchased and sold.

Upon taking note of the incident, Earl Enterprises is said to have launched an investigation on the issue and is said to have contacted the federal law enforcement for help.

Those who are concerned about the data spill can take the help of the online tool offered by Earl to check whether your residing state and the operating restaurant are on the target list.

More details on the incident are awaited!

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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