Chipotle: Malware used to breach customer data, steal credit card info

FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, shows the door at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Robinson Township, Pa. Chipotle says it is tightening its food safety standards after its restaurants were linked to dozens of cases of E. coli. The Mexican food chain says it hired IEH Laboratories in Seattle to help improve its system after reports in late October 2015 that linked E. coli cases to its restaurants in Oregon and Washington. Since then, additional cases have been reported in California, Minnesota New York, and Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

DENVER (NEWS10) – Chipotle has now identified the malware used to breach customer data and steal credit card information earlier this year.

The restaurant chain said it completed the investigation into the hack and found malware targeted credit card readers at most of its locations.

“I just got my card last week in the mail saying it was compromised,” Cora Chase said.

Anyone who swiped their card between March 24 and April 18 may have had their account information stolen. Chase eats at the Saratoga Chipotle about once a month. She wasn’t surprised by the restaurant’s announcement.

“It’s crazy how often it does occur, though,” she said.

Chase said it’s happened to her three times in the past year. Not just at Chipotle, but other stores as well.

Fortunately, she was immediately notified by her bank each time. Chase said she never lost a dime.

Chipotle said the malware is removed and are continuing to work with cyber security firms to find new ways to prevent it from happening again.

Chipotle has urged customers to be vigilant in keeping an eye on their accounts and provided an online tool to verify if a particular location was affected.

Local locations affected


Address ZIP Dates
1475 Western Avenue 12203 3/26/2017–4/18/2017
105 Wolf Road 12205 3/26/2017–4/18/2017

Clifton Park

Address ZIP Dates
22 Clifton Country Road, Ste 150 12065 4/11/2017–4/18/2017


Address ZIP Dates
2 Wade Road 12110 3/24/2017–4/18/2017

Saratoga Springs

Address ZIP Dates
3057 NY State Route 50, Suite 5 12866 3/25/2017–4/18/2017


Address ZIP Dates
441 Balltown Road, Suite 3 12304 3/26/2017–4/18/2017

Visit Chipotle’s website to check other locations and more information.

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