12 Tri-State Restaurants, Golden Nugget Casino Affected by National Data Breach

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Secure credit card information was compromised at 15 locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in a massive data breach at Landry's-owned restaurants and Golden Nugget casinos nationwide.

Landry's released a list of businesses that were affected during one or both of the following periods: May 4, 2014 through March 15, 2015 and from May 5, 2015 through Dec. 3, 2015.

The investigation into the security breach began in December after the company received reports of suspicious activity on the cards of customers who had visited their establishments, according to the announcement.

Findings showed that hackers were able to install a program on payment card processing devices at certain restaurants, spas, food and beverage outlets, entertainment destinations, and managed properties.

“The program was designed to search for data from the magnetic stripe of payment cards that had been swiped (cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code) as the data was being routed through affected systems,” the company spokesperson wrote.

Landry's says heightened security measures have since been implemented to prevent similar situations from happening in the future. People who used a payment card at one of the affected locations during the periods of the breach will be mailed a letter or sent an e-mail with more information.

“If you used a payment card at an affected location during its at-risk window, we recommend that you remain vigilant to the possibility of fraud by reviewing your payment card statements for any unauthorized activity,” the company asked.

“You should immediately report any unauthorized charges to your card issuer because payment card rules generally provide that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges reported in a timely manner.”

Landry’s and Golden Nugget asks any customers with further questions to call 877-238-2151 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A list of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut locations affected is below, with additional establishments nationwide available on Landry's website:

The following locations were affected in New York

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp in New York City: May 8, 2015 to Dec. 3, 2015
  • McCormick & Schmick's in New York City: June 13, 2014
  • Morton's at the World Trade Center: May 9, 2014 to March 14, 2015 and May 8, 2015 to Dec. 3, 2015
  • Morton's in Great Neck: May 9, 2014 to March 14, 2015
  • Morton's in White Plains: May 10, 2014 to March 14, 2015 and May 8, 2015 and Dec. 3, 2015
  • Vic & Anthony's in New York City: June 13, 2014

The following locations were affected in New Jersey

  • Golden Nugget parking in Atlantic City: June 19, 2015 
  • Golden Nugget banquets in Atlantic City: May 5, 2015 to Dec. 3, 2015 
  • Golden Nugget spa and salon in Atlantic City: May 5, 2014 to Dec. 3, 2015
  • McCormick & Schmick's in Bridgewater: May 5, 2014 to March 14, 2015 and May 5, 2015 to Dec. 3, 2015
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room in Hackensack: May 10, 2014 to March 14, 2015 and May 5, 2015 to Nov. 18, 2015
  • Rainforest Cafe in Atlantic City: May 8, 2015 to Dec. 3, 2015
  • Vic & Anthony's Golden Nugget in Atlantic City: May 5, 2015 and Dec. 3, 2015.

The following locations were affected in Connecticut

  • Morton's in Hartford: Dec. 31, 2014
  • Morton's in Stamford: Aug. 24, 2014

For a list of breaches in the Philadelphia area, click here

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