Briar Group Admits Responsibility for Boston-Area Data Breach

The Boston Globe reports that the Briar Group, which owns 10 restaurants and bars in Boston, has confirmed that a breach of its systems was responsible for a recent exposure of thousands of customers’ credit card data, which had previously been tied to Boston convention attendees (h/t

In a statement on its Web site, the Briar Group said the unauthorized access to card data occurred from sometime in October 2013 to early November 2013. The exact dates are still being determined.

While the hackers didn’t access all customers’ credit card information from that time period, the company is advising its customers to monitor their credit card statements for fraudulent charges, and to consider placing fraud alerts on their credit files.

“For the past several years, we have been working with data service and security professionals McGladrey to assure that we meet or exceed industry standards in terms of data security,” the company stated. “All of our systems are PCI compliant and updated regularly.”

The Boston Globe notes that this is the second major breach of the Briar Group’s payment systems — in 2011, the company was fined $110,000 by the state following an incident in 2009 in which malware, found on the Briar Group’s computers, had allowed attackers to access credit and debit card information.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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