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Restaurant chain to pay $110,000 to settle breach claims

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | March 29, 2011
The Briar Group, which operates several restaurants in the Boston area, has agreed to pay $110,000 to settle allegations by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office that it failed to take reasonable steps to protect credit card data belonging to tens of thousands of customers.

The company contends that it took "immediate and aggressive action" once the breach was discovered. The company said it informed credit card companies about the breach, worked with a security company to identify system vulnerabilities, upgraded its security systems and cooperated with a federal investigation into the matter.

"In addition, we proactively reported the issue to the Attorney Generals office, informing them of both the potential breach and the action steps we were taking to address it," the company said.

 

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