Breach Brief – Landry’s Restaurants, Zynga Apps, Facebook

Published On January 14, 2020 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

Landry’s restaurant chain has announced a data breach of its extensive chain of eateries.

Based in Houston Landry”s owns and operates more than 60 restaurant chains nationwide. The company wrote that the data breach likely affected cards swiped between March 13 and Oct. 17, 2019.

It is likely you have eaten in Landry’s owned established since March of last year. To see the list of their more than 600 restaurants click here.

According to Landry’s the breach most likely happened when servers swiped customers’ credit cards in machines intended to submit food and drink orders to the kitchen and bar, as opposed to separate machines used on “point-of-sale terminals.”

The company said Landry’s Select Club rewards were not involved in the potential breach.

Landry’s advised customers who think they might have been impacted to monitor their credit card statements.

In announcement on its website Landry’s states that it is investigating the incident and has enlisted the help of a leading cyber security firm to assist. The firm was not named. The company also stated that its payment card encryption system worked as designed and that payment card information is safe. However Landry’s did admit that in a few situations waitstaff may have mistakenly swiped payment cards on the order-entry systems. The payment cards potentially involved in this incident are the cards mistakenly swiped on the order-entry systems.

Zynga Apps

If you play Words with Friends, Farmville, Hit the Rich, Slots, CSR Racing or Zynga Poker you need to be on the alert.

According to HaveIBeenPwned Zynga was hit with a serious data breach in September 2019. How serious? How about 173 million email addresses, usernames, and passwords. 

Zynga did admit to the hack in September but said nothing until last week about the number of accounts that had been compromised.

So why did Zynga wait so long to tell users? The company’s answer? “No comment.” referring the media to the statement it made in September.

According to The Hacker News and sample data from Gnosticplayers, stolen users’ information includes:

  • Names
  • Email addresses
  • Login IDs
  • Password reset token (if ever requested)
  • Phone numbers (if provided)
  • Facebook ID (if connected)
  • Zynga account ID

According to Zynga no financial information was lost to the hack.


Yet again Facebook has reported a data breach. And this one is huge? A cyber security researcher announced that 267 million Facebook users, including user names, phone numbers and Facebook IDs have been exposed online.

According to Bob Diachenko, a cyberthreat intelligence director at Security Discovery based in Ukraine, the data came mostly from U.S. Facebook users and was posted on a searchable database by a group that appeared to be based in Vietnam. The Vietnamese group appeared to be charging for access to the data, but a flaw in their code inadvertently left the database open to all.

Facebook responded by saying the company was looking into the issue. Facebook claims that the information was likely obtained before Facebook made recent changes to better protect people’s information.

Diachenko said that the exposed information, if cross referenced with other databases, could be used for sophisticated spam or phishing attacks. “This is pretty significant because you can start getting a full profile of a person,” Diachenko said of the data.

Diachenko said he contacted the Internet service provider hosting the database and it was removed.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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