Local Applebee's among those impacted by credit card data breach

(WTVG) - If you ate at an Applebee's in Northwest Ohio between Dec. 6, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018, your credit card information might be at risk. This week, RMH Franchise Holdings ("RMH") announced a "data incident" affecting certain payment cards used at RMH-owned Applebee's restaurants, including locations in Toledo and Northwest Ohio.

The company says it learned about the incident back in February. A news release on the breach is dated March 2, 2018.

RMH released this statement: "The security and privacy of our guests' payment card data remains a top priority. After discovering the incident on February 13, 2018, RMH promptly took steps to ensure that it had been contained. In addition to engaging third-party cyber security experts to assist with our investigation, RMH also notified law enforcement about the incident and will continue to cooperate in their investigation. Moving forward, RMH is continuing to closely monitor its systems and review its security measures to help prevent something like this from happening again.

The company says it promptly launched an investigation and obtained the help of leading cyber security forensics firms upon learning of a potential incident. Based on the experts' investigation, RMH says it believes that unauthorized software placed on the point-of-sale system at certain RMH-owned and -operated Applebee's restaurants was designed to capture payment card information and may have affected a limited number of purchases made at those locations. RMH says payments made online or using self-pay tabletop devices were not affected by this incident. Certain guests' names, credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes processed during limited time periods could have been affected. The exact dates vary by location.

Defiance (1003 N. Clinton St.) - Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Findlay (2531 Tiffin Ave.) - Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Fremont (2200 St.Rt. 53) - Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Maumee (531 Dussel Dr.) - Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Toledo (266 E. Alexis Rd.) - Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Toledo (4702 Monroe St.) - Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Toledo (7340 W. Central Ave.) - Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018

No Michigan locations are listed.

RMH now says the incident has been contained and guests may use their cards with confidence at the RMH Applebee's locations that were affected by this incident.

Click the "More Information" link on this page for additional details and what you can do if you might be impacted by the data breach.