Chipotle Investigating Possible Credit Card Breach
Been craving a loaded burrito lately? So much so that you went to Chipotle and used a credit card to make your purchase. (Of course you did — for the points!) Well, Chipotle is now informing customers that there was a potential credit card breach in its systems.
This week, the chain, which has lately been bogged down with food safety disasters, told its customers that there may have been a breach in its credit card systems. In the statement, the company said that it had recently detected unauthorized activity on the network it uses to process payments. The chain said that since the unauthorized activity was first detected, it's worked with cyber security firms, law enforcement and the payment processor to investigate what happened.
The investigation is focusing on transactions made at restaurants between March 23, 2017 and April 18, 2017. That's about as far as the details go at this point. Because the investigation is ongoing, Chipotle said the complete findings aren't yet available and it's too early in the process to provide other details. However, the chain did say that it plans to notify affected customers when there's further clarity about the timeframe and restaurant locations that may have been hit by this breach.
At this point in its investigation, Chipotle is advising its customers to monitor their credit card statements for unauthorized charges. Chipotle's profits fell by 95% in 2016 following a number of food safety issues. This data breach comes in the midst of its efforts to win customers back by introducing new menu items and improved ingredients.