P.F. Chang's Investigating Card Breach

Issuers Say Fraud Dates Back to March
P.F. Chang's Investigating Card Breach

Restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro has confirmed that it's looking into a payments breach that may have exposed credit and debit cards used at its restaurants.

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The company says in a statement provided to Information Security Media Group on June 10 that it's working with authorities to learn more about the nature of the apparent breach and subsequent fraud that has been reported at several of its locations nationwide.

"P.F. Chang's is aware of a situation where stolen credit cards used at several of its restaurants experienced fraud on them," states Anne Deanovic, a spokeswoman for the company. "We will provide an update as soon as we have additional information."

A handful of U.S. card issuers tell ISMG that a breach from March 20 to May 30 was believed to have exposed cards used at P.F. Chang's. But ISMG was unable to confirm any alerts issued by the card brands.

For weeks, industry sources have been buzzing about a new retail breach with far-reaching impact that was expected to come to light (see Why More Retailer Breaches on the Way). But card issuers contacted by ISMG say it remains unclear whether the P.F. Chang's incident is that far-reaching breach.

P.F. Chang's has more than 210 restaurants in the U.S. and nearly 40 international locations. The company also operates the fast-casual chain Pei Wei, which has nearly 20 U.S. locations.

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Tracy Kitten

Tracy Kitten

Former Director of Global Events Content and Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Kitten was director of global events content and an executive editor at ISMG. A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she covered the financial sector for over 10 years. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2010, she covered the financial self-service industry as the senior editor of ATMmarketplace, part of Networld Media. Kitten has been a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences, and was the keynote at ATMIA's U.S. and Canadian conferences in 2009. She has been quoted by CNN.com, ABC News, Bankrate.com and MSN Money.

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