PF Chang’s Confirms Data Breach

Chinese restaurant chain PF Chang’s has confirmed that they have been the victim of a security breach and customers’ credit and debit card information has been stolen. Most interestingly, the company said that they are now using traditional manual credit card imprinting systems for the time being.

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The company released a statement on Thursday informing customers that the breach happened on Tuesday and it was now being investigated along the launch of a new webpage where they will regularly post updates.

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.

Meanwhile, security firm Hold Security confirmed earlier this week that credit card details were being sold online for as little as $18.

The restaurant chain says that the investigation is its preliminary stages and is urging all customers to be vigilant. PF Chang’s is just the latest in a long string of retail and food outlets that have been struck by data thefts, the most infamous of late being the Target breach.

The company operates nearly 400 restaurants across the US, which leaves many customers vulnerable.