Golden Corral Notifies 183k of Data Breach, Compromised Social Security Numbers

Console and Associates, P.C.

On February 16, 2024, Golden Corral Corporation filed a notice of data breach with the Attorney General of Maine after discovering that an unauthorized party was able to access the company’s IT network. In this notice, Golden Corral explains that the incident resulted in an unauthorized party being able to access consumers’ sensitive information, which includes their names and Social Security numbers. Upon completing its investigation, Golden Corral began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was affected by the recent data security incident.

If you received a data breach notification from Golden Corral Corporation, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, data breaches involving your Social Security number are perhaps the most serious. This is because hackers can easily use your SSN to steal your identity or commit other frauds against you. A data breach lawyer can help you learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft, as well as discuss your legal options following the Golden Corral data breach. For more information, please see our recent piece on the topic here.

What Caused the Golden Corral Data Breach?

The Golden Corral data breach was only recently announced, and more information is expected in the near future. However, Golden Corral’s filing with the Attorney General of Maine provides some important information on what led up to the breach. According to this source, on August 15, 2023, Golden Corral experienced a network disruption to its corporate systems. In response, Golden Corral secured its systems and then launched an investigation into the incident.

Golden Corral’s investigation confirmed that an unauthorized party had gained access to its computer network between August 11, 2023 and August 15, 2023, including files containing confidential consumer information. There was also evidence that the unauthorized party obtained consumers’ information.

After learning that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, Golden Corral reviewed the compromised files to determine what information was leaked and which consumers were impacted. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name and Social Security number.

On February 16, 2024, Golden Corral sent out data breach letters to anyone who was affected by the recent data security incident. These letters should provide victims with a list of what information belonging to them was compromised.

More Information About Golden Corral Corporation

Golden Corral Corporation is a restaurant chain with a headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. Golden Corral operates approximately 400 buffet-style restaurants in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The company also oversees roughly 100 franchise locations. Golden Corral employs more than 9,000 people and generates approximately $195 million in annual revenue.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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