Hackers and cybercriminals are relentless in their quest to steal data from companies and Chili’s is just the latest high-profile victim of a malware attack. If you follow current events, you probably already know the story. For anyone who is unfamiliar, on May 11, 2018, Brinker Restaurants who owns Chili’s discovered that some guests’ payment information had been compromised by malware. The investigation is still ongoing, but the company has reported that only select restaurants were affected from March to April of this year. Although this may not sound like a lot, each restaurant serves hundreds of guests every day. When you take hundreds of payment card numbers from even ten to fifteen restaurants, that’s a lot of data.
Keeping Your Information Safe
Unfortunately, Chili’s is not the first big company affected by a malware attack. Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, Sears, Kmart, Delta and Best Buy have all been affected. So what does this mean for you? Well, even if you don’t shop at any of those places, you should still be diligent about keeping your data protected. This means using stronger passwords, running antivirus scans, and keeping an eye out for phishing emails.
If you’re a business owner, even if you only have a small business, you could still be at risk. To hackers and cybercriminals, information is currency. This means that any data, whether it’s personal data or payment information, is at risk. Protecting your business network keeps your business and its customers safe. For quality network solutions that work, contact Global Harvest Networks today!
IT Solutions and Network Protection from Global Harvest Networks
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