Pizza Hut Australia warns 193,000 customers of a data breach

Pizza Hut Australia is sending data breach notifications to customers, warning that a cyberattack allowed hackers to access their personal information. The notification warns that the hacker gained unauthorised access to Pizza Hut Australia systems storing sensitive info for customers who made online orders, as well as partial financial data and encrypted account passwords.

“We became aware in early September of a cyber security incident where an unauthorised third party accessed some of the company’s data,” reads the notice sent to customers.
“We have confirmed that the data impacted relates to customer record details and online order transactions held on our Pizza Hut Australia customer database.”

The restaurant chain, which operates in 260 locations in Australia, says recipients of its notices “may wish to consider” updating their password despite being “one-way encrypted” in the database. Moreover, the notice urges customers to stay vigilant for phishing attacks and suspicious links sent to them via unsolicited communications.

Ultimately, Pizza Hut says the incident only impacts a small number of its customers, and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been fully informed about the situation. The exact number of impacted customers was disclosed via a statement from a Pizza Hut spokesperson to The Guardian, stating that the incident affected 193,000 people.

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