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167 Applebee's Restaurants Hit With Payment Card Malware

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Anyone who dined out at Applebee's restaurants in 15 states - ranging from Alabama and Arizona to Texas and Wyoming - may have gotten a free side of payment card theft with their meal.

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On Friday, RMH Franchise Holdings warned that all of the 167 Applebee's restaurants it owns and operates suffered a data breach in which point-of-sale systems were infected with malware designed to capture payment cards for anyone who dined at the restaurants.

Infection periods vary by location, but the earliest infections began on Nov. 23, 2017, and none appear to have lasted longer than Jan. 2, the company says. It has not published an estimate of the number of payment cards that hackers compromised.

RMH says it's the second largest Applebee's franchisee as well as "one of the fastest growing casual dining restaurant companies in America."

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