Panera Bread says it fixed website security flaw exposing customer records

A Panera Bread restaurant in Miami Beach Florida. The company's website leaked customer data for at least 8 months according to a report from Brian Krebs

According to the report, the chain was notified about the breach by security researcher Dylan Houlihan in August but his concern was initially dismissed.

The website's vulnerability, which appears to have first surfaced publicly via an anonymous PasteBin coding post on Monday, purportedly allowed easy access to customer names, email addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of saved credit card numbers. And even though Panera Bread was aware of the issue since August of a year ago, "the flaw never disappeared", Houlihan said, adding that "checked on it every month or so because I was pissed".

You can add Panera Bread to the list of companies that have left customer data exposed.

Fast forward to early this afternoon - exactly eight months to the day after Houlihan first reported the problem - and data shared by Houlihan indicated the site was still leaking customer records in plain text. However, Houlihan said that months passed and no fix. Despite telling the tipster the problem would be addressed, the personal information of customers was still readily available eight months later.

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Panera Bread knows how to make a delicious sandwich, that is something we can confidentially say (The Italian is this editor's go-to item on the menu).

Krebs said the website was briefly taken offline after he spoke to Panera's chief information officer.

Krebs and Houlihan, however, noted the data remained public and searchable on the company's website. Krebs says that indexed data from Panera's website indicates that more than 7 million customers may be affected. However, Panera then gave statements to other media (Reuters, Fox Business) saying that Krebs was wrong, that "fewer than 10,000 consumers" were actually affected, and that they're about "to finalize our investigation".

Panera says there's no evidence any vehicle information was accessed or stolen.

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