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Chili's discloses data breach

Some customer's payment card information was compromised at certain restaurants in "data incident" between March and April.

A customer enters a Brinker International Inc. Chili's

A customer enters a Brinker International Inc. Chili's Grill & Bar restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, on May 6. Photo Credit: Bloomberg / Callaghan O'Hare

If you've dined at a Chili's Bar and Grill restaurant in the last few months, keep an eye on your credit or debit card accounts.

The Tex-Mex restaurant is the latest chain to be affected by a data breach, Chili's parent company Brinker International announced.

"We sincerely apologize to those who may have been affected and assure you we are working diligently to resolve this incident," Brinker International said in a statement on Saturday.

The company learned on May 11 that some customer's payment card information was compromised at certain Chili's restaurants as a result of a "data incident" between March and April 2018.

"Based on the details of the issue currently uncovered, we believe that malware was used to gather payment card information including credit or debit card numbers as well as cardholder names from our payment-related systems for in-restaurant purchases at certain Chili's restaurants," Brinker said in a news release.

Since Chili's doesn't collect certain personal information like Social Security numbers, date of birth or federal or state identification numbers from customers, this information wasn't compromised in the breach.

The full list of affected restaurants has not yet been released. Brinker said it is working with third-party forensic experts to determine those who were affected at certain restaurants and guests.

Chili's is the latest company to inform customers of a data breach. Last month, both Panera Bread and Best Buy warned consumers of exposed customer data breaches.

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