No business on Earth is immune to data breaches, even popular casual restaurant chains. According to TechCrunch, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) recently suffered a breach that resulted in over 100,000 current and former employees having their Social Security numbers leaked.

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CPK data breach exposes Social Security numbers

CPK described the nature of the data breach in a notice sent to the Maine Attorney General:

On or about September 15, 2021, CPK discovered suspicious activity in its computing environment. CPK immediately secured the environment and, with the assistance of third-party computer specialists, launched an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident. On or about October 4, 2021, the investigation confirmed that certain files on CPK’s systems could have been accessed without authorization. CPK therefore undertook a review of the potentially impacted files to identify the information involved and to whom it related.

CPK explained that it completed its review of those files on October 13th. The restaurant determined how many people the data breach impacted and the types of data the breach exposed. CPK says that it then went on to notify potential victims as quickly as possible.

CPK didn’t reveal precisely how many employees the breach impacted in its notice, but a notification on the Maine Attorney General’s website claims…

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