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Briar Group owns 8 Boston restaurants

BOSTON —The operator of a number of well-known Boston restaurants confirmed Friday night that its customers may have been the target of credit card data theft.

The Briar Group, which owns eight restaurants, said, in a posting on its website, that the theft of credit card data “at our restaurants may have occurred from sometime in October 2013 to early November 2013.”

The company owns the restaurants Anthem, City Bar, City Table, MJ O’Connor‘s, Ned Devine’s, Solas, The Green Briar and The Harp.

It had been previously reported that a number of residents and visitors to the Boston area were victimized in mid-November, but the Briar Group is among the first to detail the extent of the breach.

“Today we are reporting that the Briar Group’s systems were indeed infiltrated,” the statement said.

About 100 of the 13,000 people who attended the American Public Health Association convention in November have reported being victims. About 200 of the 8,000 people who attended the American Society of Human Genetics conference in October have reported unauthorized credit card purchases.

Victims’ credit cards were used at bars, restaurants and other businesses in the Seaport area.

The Briar Group said not every customer at its restaurants may have been victimized, but urged its customers to monitor their credit card statements for fraud.

The company said it has been working closely with law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify the criminals behind the data breach.