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Possible data breach at P.F. Chang’s

By Jeanine Skowronski ·
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Posted: 4 pm ET

P.F. Chang's has confirmed it is investigating a possible data breach that may have compromised consumer credit card and debit card information.

The possible breach was first reported by security blogger Brian Krebs, who discovered that thousands of new credit and debit cards were for sale on underground "carder" site Rescator. Per Krebs, several banks he contacted about the cards said they had "all had been used at P.F. Chang's locations between the beginning of March 2014 and May 19, 2014."

Krebs was also the first to report the massive Target data breach back in December.

P.F. Chang's has yet to provide any details about the possible

"P.F. Chang's takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the situation, working with the authorities to learn more," Anne Deanovic, a spokeswoman for the restaurant chain, said in a written statement. "We will provide an update as soon as we have additional information.

Of course, as with all data breaches, it doesn't hurt to be proactive. Those who think their credit or debit card may have been compromised can set up alerts and monitor online billing statements for suspicious charges.

If unauthorized charges do appear, you should call your issuer right away to have them removed and the card replaced. This will help minimize your chances of being held liable for any fraudulent transactions, particularly regarding debit cards.

If you have reason to believe your financial information was compromised, you can call up the three credit reporting agencies -- Experian, Equifax and TransUnion -- to place a fraud alert on your credit report. These alerts tell lenders to be extra vigilant about verifying a person's identify before approving loan and credit card applications.

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August 26, 2014 at 8:14 am

with all the technolagy we have in the world today why can't we stop this from happening

July 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

...just an ad-vert for bankrate.........................booooooooooo

July 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Isn't this OLD STUFF?

June 13, 2014 at 9:52 am

It's so true! What little law we do have,some scum bag defense attorney will get the crooks little or No Jail Time!And Thus they just do it all over again!

Frank C.Jones
June 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Correction to previous comment
Near the beginning
"(ne (necessarily religious) should read "not necessarily religious) and cook should read crook



Frank C.Jones
June 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I am personally very displeased when a car owner is blamed after his or her car has been damaged or burgled. Simply because the owner forgot owner to lock the car.
It seems to me that many of the replies hear fall into that category. Why should all the law abiding citizens who use their cards properly be denied the convenience to themselves by felons and vandals etc.

The real problem is that we have to many thieves petty cooks,felon vandals etc.

It is a moral (necessarily religious) problem in society.
Society today to readily accepts the this degree of morality as a norm this generation was brought up by generation whose acceptance of low overall morality was perhaps a little but not much better and so the problem gets worse and worse as time progresses.

It is a different morality which must be engendered. I personally think that the grow and spread of socialist attitudes is at least partially correlated.
"What's yours is mine"
"I am ENTITLED to everything regardless of what I contribute"
"The rich should pay for everybody"
"Share this share that share share share"

How often does the young impressionable child hear the word share in school from the very lowest grade levels

we also have an entertainment media which today glorify morally wanting behavior.

The crime and punishment system does not convict frequently enough and the punishment system needs major overhaul
One o the purposes of punishment(if not the most important)is to deter.
May be punishments should be a little unusual and a little cruel (at least by today interpretation of cruel and unusual)

I also belief that we give too much importance to anonymity.
If the aim is deterrence should not some punishment be made more public.

I realize that I have raised some provocative ideas but should they not at least be raised and discussed befor voicing virulent knee jerk opposition.

We have a very serious morality problem. It is getting worse and NOTHING we are currently doing is improving the situation