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Planet Hollywood owner suffers major user data breach

(Image credit: Image Credit: Håkan Dahlström / Flickr)

Earl Enterprises, the parent company of widely popular restaurant chain Planet Hollywood, has been hacked, and payment information of millions of its users compromised.

The company confirmed the news via a blog post a few days ago, saying that hackers managed to get their hands on data from restaurant goers at Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich and Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas, New York and Orlando). Online orders at Bertucci's, Café Hollywood and Seaside on the Pier were safe, it was added.

They allegedly used point-of-sale malware to grab credit card data. This includes card numbers, customer names, as well as card expiration dates. They didn’t say how many people were affected by the breach, but another source – KrebsOnSecurity, claims (opens in new tab) that we’re talking about more than two million unique entries.

Earl Enterprises says the breach started in late May last year, and lasted until March 18, this year.

The statement is based on the fact that this number of cards has been on sale on the black market for more than a month now.

“The incident has now been contained, and Earl Enterprises is continuing to work diligently with security experts on further remediation efforts,” the company stated.

“Moving forward, the company will continue to closely monitor its systems and take additional security measures to help prevent something like this from happening again in the future.”

You can learn more about the breach here (opens in new tab), but if you’ve visited any of the locations in the last year, you may want to consider getting a new card.

Image Credit: Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.