Hospitality Company Landry's Inc. Identifies Malware On Payment System
Landry's, Inc., an American, privately owned, multi-brand dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming corporation, has reported that it identified malware on its payment processing system.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas. Landry's, Inc. owns and operates more than 600 restaurants, hotels, casinos and entertainment destinations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The company also owns and operates numerous international locations.
According to a news report, the company detected unauthorized access to the network that supports its payment processing systems for restaurants and food and beverage outlets. An investigation identified the operation of malware designed to access payment card data from cards used in person; however, the end-to-end encryption technology used on point-of-sale terminals, which makes card data unreadable, prevented the malware from accessing payment card data when cards were used on these encryption devices.
According to Landry’s, it appears waitstaff may have mistakenly swiped payment cards on the order-entry systems, which are used for Landry’s Select Club rewards. The general timeframe when data from cards mistakenly swiped on the order-entry systems may have been accessed is March 13, 2019 to October 17, 2019.
Landry’s said, “During the investigation, we removed the malware and implemented enhanced security measures, and we are providing additional training to waitstaff. In addition, we continue to support law enforcement’s investigation.”