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Popular U.S. smoked-meat franchise Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been hit with a data breach, with cybercriminals posting the fat cap of the compromised data – 3 million payment cards – on the popular Joker’s Stash underground marketplace this week. The Dallas-based franchise, which is a subsidiary of Dickey’s Capital Group, has 469 locations (411 of which are currently open during the pandemic) across 42 states. Researchers believe that the meat of the compromised data came from 156 of these locations across 30 states. They also believe the exposure window appears to be between July 2019 and August 2020. In a statement sent to Threatpost, Dickey’s confirmed the breach and said it is currently focused on determining the locations affected and time frames involved. “We are taking this incident very seriously and immediately initiated our response protocol and an investigation is underway,” according to the statement. “We are utilizing the experience of third parties who have helped other restaurants address similar issues and also working with the FBI and payment card networks. We understand that payment card network rules generally provide that individuals who timely report unauthorized charges to the bank that issued their card are not responsible for those charges.” The affected Dickey’s locations. Credit: Gemini Research Researchers with Gemini Advisory shed light on the details of the breach when they discovered the upload on the Joker’s Stash, a popular underground…

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