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P.F. Changs: "Credit Cards Stolen"

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By Scott Greene

On June 13, 2014, P.F. Changs, based in Phoenix Arizona, released a statement saying  they had experienced a breach involving data from their customers credit and debit cards used at their 403 location in the U.S. (including P.F. Changs and Pei Wei). he statement said  the time frame in which credit card information  was stolen was between March and May of 2014. The number of cards is believed to be in the thousands. While this number is significantly less than the Target breach in late 2013, it still represents a very large number of cards.

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The two attacks may be related. The website which was used to sell the  stolen card information from Target is the same website offering to sell the cards stolen from P.F. Changs. This could mean  the same culprits were involved. Although, at this point there is no way to be certain until further investigation is completed. The restaurant chain has also stated  they are  currently working with the Secret Service and third-party investigators in order to  determine the extent of the attack. Another goal of  the investigation is to  discover the source of the attack.

To combat further card theft, the P.F. Chang’s stated they were moving to manually imprinting cards until such time as they were confident their systems were secure.  Once they chain reaches that point, they will restart digital  transactions.

P.F. Changs is headquartered in Scottsdale, Az and has locations in: New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, New York, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, as well as internationally.

The company created a list of restaurants that were affected and the dates during which credit card & debit card information was stolen:

  • Scottsdale, AZ. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • Chula Vista, CA. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • Torrance, CA. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • Winter Park, FL. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • White Plains, NY. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • Collegeville, PA. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • Chattanooga, TN. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • Woodbridge, VA. 10/19/2013 - 6/11/2014
  • Peoria, AZ. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Carlsbad, CA. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Chesterfield, MO. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Durham, NC. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Princeton, NJ. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Dayton, OH. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Tulsa, OK. 2/21/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Temecula, CA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Palo Alto, CA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Sherman Oaks, CA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Rancho Cucumonga, CA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Lakewood, CO. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Clearwater, FL. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Schaumburg, IL. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Baltimore, MD. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • St. Louis, MO. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • South Las Vegas, NV. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Pittsburgh, PA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Glen Mills, PA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Austin, TX. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Bellevue, WA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Lynnwood, WA. 4/10/2014 - 6/11/2014
  • Newport Beach, CA. 10/19/2013 - 4/10/2014
  • Charlotte, NC 10/19/2013 - 10/26/2013

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