Data breach affected millions over 10 months

Synopsis

In December 2019, the company disclosed the discovery of malware on their payment processing servers affecting likely all of its locations. The company immediately engaged an external forensics firm and notified law enforcement after discovering the malware (which was publicly declared removed from its systems within two days of its discovery).

Further investigation revealed that the malware had been harvesting customer information for six months (since March 2019) and may have collected up to 31 million customer records.

In April 2022, a $12 million settlement was reached for nearly 22 million of the customers affected in the security breach. The company also agreed to invest an additional $35 million upgrading its data security systems to enhance their protection of customers’ information (reported in August 2021).

In July 2022, the company agreed a $8 million settlement with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Delaware, Maryland Virginia and Washington D.C related to this breach.

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Courtenay Brammar

Experienced global enterprise risk and governance professional. Previously Vice President at Morgan Stanley, Deloitte Risk Advisory practitioner and PRMIA steering committee member in both London and New York.

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