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Chipotle data breach brings BBB warning

Author: Jim Shay / Source: Connecticut Post

Last week, Chipotle released a list of 14 of its restaurants in southwest Connecticut where a data breach could have affected customers payment cards.

It said malware designed to access payment card data from cards used on point-of-sale devices at certain Chipotle restaurants between March 24, and April 18. Chipotle restaurants in Bridgeport, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Shelton, Wallingford. West Haven and Westport were affected.

In the wake of the data breach the Connecticut Better Business Bureau says theft of personal and financial data is not something consumers can prevent, but they can minimize the impact.

“It may take days, weeks or months for large companies to discover and disclose the theft of private or financial customer information,” Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz said in a release Monday. “Until experts find a way of preventing database hacking, businesses face a major challenge. This recent breach is a wake-up call for businesses to strengthen their digital information collection and storage systems.”

In the case of the Chipotle data attack, Schwartz said it appears consumers’ credit card information was stolen from compromised point-of-sale terminals when customers swiped their payment cards. Although the terminals…

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