The data breach may also affect customers of other catering companies that fall under Panera's commercial division.
For at least eight months, Panera's website leaked customer records, cyber security blog KrebsOnSecurity reported Monday. Thankfully, there was no payment information, but it would have been very easy for eavesdroppers to harvest the information and use it for identity fraud or spam campaigns.
Krebs said Panera Bread was informed of the breach back in August by security researcher Dylan Houlihan.
The security breach compromised customer records containing names, email addresses, physical addresses, birthdays, and the last four digits of credit card numbers. A year ago the credit agency Equifax, meanwhile, revealed that hackers had stolen some of its customers' personal data, affecting almost 140 million people in total.
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"I have also submitted reports like this to companies, in bug bounties and as a courtesy with no expectation of a reward", wrote Houlihan.
KrebsOnSecurity says the company website was briefly taken offline after they spoke with Panera Chief Information Officer John Meister by phone Monday. Krebs says Gustavison initially dismissed Houlihan's report as a scam, but later realized that something was in fact afoot.
USA bakery chain Panera Bread has leaked millions of online consumer records, including birthdays and partial credit card numbers, for at least eight months, a computer security blog says. Within two hours of this, Panera Bread took down their website and "fixed" the issues.
Panera says there's no evidence any vehicle information was accessed or stolen.
"Following reports today of a potential problem on our website, we suspended the functionality to fix the issue", Meister continued.