P.F. Chang's data breach prompts investigation

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P.F. Chang's Data Breach Prompts Investigation

If you recently used a credit card at P.F. Chang's, listen up. Fox News reports that "the popular restaurant chain P.F. Chang's saying customers' credit card information may have been compromised. The credit and debit card data was posted for sale on a website used by cybercriminals."
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P.F. Chang's Zodiac Noodles are the perfect way to ring in the Chinese New Year and showcase many of the diverse flavors of the Yunnan Province. The Zodiac Noodles are a savory blend of vegetables, rice noodles and two types of pork (lean strips and cured Serrano Ham). Tossed with a blend of Kung Pao and Abalone sauces, this dish has a rich, almost buttery feel.
** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 28 AND THEREAFTER ** P.F. Chang's China Bistro chief executive Rick Federico is shown here in one of his Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurants Wednesday, March 3, 2004. The restaurant chain, founded in 1993, more than doubled revenues from $234.1 million in 2000 to $559.2 million last year. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)
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Actress Lauren Graham and actor Matthew Perry attend P.F. Chang's Home Menu Frozen Moments Gift Lounge backstage celebrating the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards by On 3 Productions - Day 1 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Actor Ricky Gervais attends P.F. Chang's Home Menu at the Frozen Moments Gift Lounge backstage celebrating the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards by On 3 Productions - Day 1 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Jane Lynch attends P.F. Chang's Home Menu at the Frozen Moments Gift Lounge backstage celebrating the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards by On 3 Productions - Day 1 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Actress Sofía Vergara attends P.F. Chang's Home Menu at the Frozen Moments Gift Lounge backstage celebrating the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards by On 3 Productions - Day 1 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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Information from the credit cards was reportedly put up on the darknet website Rescator June 9. According to TechTarget, it's the same site that sold information stolen from credit cards used at Target back in November.

Brian Krebs, an independent journalist who formerly wrote for The Washington Post's Security Fix blog, reported on his blog that multiple banks are indicating the stolen credit cards were used at P.F. Chang restaurants between the beginning of March and May 19 of this year.

P.F. Chang's has locations all over the world, including in Mexico, the Philippines and Turkey.

But banks are indicating the stolen credit cards were used in restaurants in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Florida.

Investigators still don't exactly know how the information was stolen from P.F. Chang's.

A writer for New Republic says hackers steal the information that's embedded on the card's magnetic strip. This information can then be encoded into a new credit card.

The chief brand officer for P.F. Chang's released a statement after news broke of the hack. Bloomberg published that statement, which said: "P.F. Chang's takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the situation, working with the authorities to learn more ... We will provide an update as soon as we have additional information."

This is the first significant data breach in the U.S. since March, when information from almost 300,000 credit and debit cards was stolen from Sally Beauty customers.
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