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Earl of Sandwich, other restaurants possibly impacted by data breach in Tampa Bay & Disney Springs

Posted at 2:13 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 07:52:27-04

TAMPA, Fla. – If you recently dined at Earl of Sandwich in the Tampa Bay area, or at one of three Disney Springs restaurants, you may have been impacted by a recent credit card data breach.

According to a release sent out by Earl Enterprises, at least six of the company’s restaurants were affected by a recent data breach.

Earl of Sandwich locations in both Tampa and St. Petersburg were included in the list of places affected by the breach.

If you know anyone who dined at Disney Springs, three of the entertainment complex’s restaurants – Chicken Guy!, Earl of Sandwich and Planet Hollywood – could be affected by the breach.

The company said in its release that someone installed a “malicious software” on point-of-sale systems at a certain number of Earl Enterprises’ restaurants.

Earl Enterprises said in the release the company is notifying guests about the breach and the steps they can take to protect themselves.

“The security and privacy of our guests’ payment card data is a top priority, and Earl Enterprises deeply regrets that this incident occurred,” the release said.

Earl Enterprises said the malicious software captured credit card data including credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and in some cases, cardholder names. Guests that used their debit or credit cards between May 23, 2018 and March 18, 2019 may have been affected by this incident, according to Earl Enterprises.

Those who made online orders through third-party applications or platforms were not affected by the recent breach.

Earl Enterprises said those who dined at one of the company’s restaurants should review their credit and debit card account statements as soon as possible and look for any suspicious charges and activities.

If you see anything you do not recognize, you should immediately notify the issuer of the credit or debit card,” Earl Enterprises said in the release.

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