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P.F. Chang's confirms credit card breach, switches to carbon copying

P.F. Chang's confirms credit card breach, switches to carbon copying
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Yesterday, I told you how thousands of stolen credit card numbers have popped up on a popular underground site that sells credit card information - and that batch has been traced back to P.F. Chang's.

After more investigation, P.F. Chang's can now confirm that they were indeed hacked. The company will now start using a manual credit card system to ensure customers' safety while the investigation continues.

There has also been a dedicated website set up for those affected. Go to pfchangs.com/security for any questions you might have.

Here's the official statement from P.F. Chang's CEO, Rick Federico:

On Tuesday, June 10, P.F. Chang's learned of a security compromise that involves credit and debit card data reportedly stolen from some of our restaurants. Immediately, we initiated an investigation with the United States Secret Service and a team of third-party forensics experts to understand the nature and scope of the incident, and while the investigation is still ongoing, we have concluded that data has been compromised.

At P.F. Chang's, the safety and security of our guests' payment information is a top priority. Therefore, we have moved to a manual credit card imprinting system for all P.F. Chang's China Bistro branded restaurants located in the continental United States. This ensures our guests can still use their credit and debit cards safely in our restaurants as our investigation continues.

We have also established a dedicated public website, pfchangs.com/security, for guests to receive updates and answers to their questions.

Because we are still in the preliminary stages of our investigation, we encourage our guests to be vigilant about checking their credit card and bank statements. Any suspected fraudulent activity should be immediately reported to their card company.

We sincerely regret the inconvenience and concern this may cause for our guests.

If you've recently used your credit card at P.F. Chang's, you want to check your statements and various accounts. Stolen cards were used from March to May of 2014 and have been stolen from locations in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina.

How can you protect yourself from these massive credit card breaches? Click here to read my tip on what you need to do right now.

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