Restaurant Chain Latest Breach Victim

June 16, 2014

Restaurant Chain Latest Breach Victim P.F. Chang’s Chinese Bistro, a national restaurant chain based in Scottsdale, Ariz., confirmed reports of a security breach that has resulted in the exposure of the credit- and debit-card data of many of its customers. Late last week, the Chinese-food emporium said it learned of the breach on June 10, the day security blogger Brian Krebs reported hearing from issuers the breach had taken place. The extent of the breach has not yet been determined, but an investigation is ongoing, the company’s management said.

“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.”

The restaurant said that while the investigation continues it will still accept payment cards, but will be using the old-fashioned carbon imprint machines to process the payments manually.