The restaurant chain Noodles & Company has announced that the payment information of an undisclosed number of customers has been compromised. Customers who used their credit or debit card at one of the affected stores in 27 states and the District of Columbia are being advised to take precautions against fraud. The breach occurred as a result of malware installed on a Noodles & Company store’s register between January 31, 2016 and June 2, 2016.
Announced: June 28, 2016
Description of the breach: Beginning in January 2016, Noodles & Company restaurants in 27 states and the District of Columbia were affected by point-of-sale malware targeting payment card information. Affected stores had malware living on their registers and collecting sensitive customer data between January 31, 2016 and June 2, 2016. The malware collected data such as the cardholder’s name, card number, expiration date, and CVV. To see if a Noodles & Company restaurant near you was affected, access the full list of affected restaurants by clicking here.
Although the breach has been contained, and all stores are now safe to use credit or debit cards, Noodles & Company patrons are being urged to monitor their credit report and credit/debit cards for fraudulent activity. Noodles & Company is also urging affected customers to consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on their account. Placing a fraud alert on your account requires creditors to take extra steps to verify your identity before granting credit in your name. A credit freeze prevents access to your credit report until the freeze is lifted. To place a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit report, contact one of the the three major creditors below:
Data breach period: January 31, 2016- June 2, 2016
Official information from Noodles & Company: https://www.noodles.com/security/
Contact Noodles & Company: 888-849-1067
More coverage of this breach: Consumerist