Breach Brief – Dickey’s BBQ

Published On October 21, 2020 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs, News and Analysis

People who have gorged themselves at Dickey’s BBQ now have something else to swallow. Your payment card data has been breached. No sauce!

According to KrebsOnSecurity more than 100 Dickey’s Barbeque Restaurants across the U.S. have been smoked by a year long data breach. 

KrebsOnSecurity reported that “Jokers Stash” one of the dark web’s most popular stores for selling stolen credit card information, was serving up Dickey’s customer’s card numbers. An estimated three million new credit card records were being offered by website. That’s a helluva lot of ribs!

Security researchers at Gemini Advisory initially discovered the stolen credit card numbers for sale on the dark web marketplace. 

Gemini’s analysis found that 156 of the eatery’s 469 locations spanning 30 states were compromised with the largest percentage of stolen numbers were from California and Arizona. Researchers believed that the data was accessed between July 2019 and August 2020.

“Given the widespread nature of the breach, the exposure may be linked to a breach of the single central processor, which was leveraged by over a quarter of all Dickey’s locations,” researchers said in a blog post.

Dickey’s said in a statement it is aware of the safety incident and that it’s currently investigating its scope.

“We obtained a report indicating a cost card safety incident might have occurred. We’re taking this incident very significantly and instantly initiated our response protocol and an investigation is underway. We’re presently centered on figuring out the places affected and time frames concerned,” Dickey’s said.

If you have eaten at a any Dickey’s BBQ in the last year the franchise is urging you to monitor you bank accounts and credit card transactions and report any fraudulent or suspicious charges to their financial institution as soon as possible. 

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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 EbonyCandle.com. 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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