Clearwater, FL -- The Chinese restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro said a security breach first reported in June may have led to the theft of customer data from certain credit and debit cards.
An intruder may have stolen card numbers and possibly names and expiration dates of customers's credit and debit cards used at 33 restaurants. But the chain has not determined that any specific card holders' data was stolen.
The P.F. Chang's at Clearwater's Countryside Mall is among the confirmed restaurants that were compromised. The P.F. Chang's at Tampa's WestShore Plaza was not on the list. Two other locations in Florida are on the list, however.
PRESS RELEASE: List of the 33 restaurants involved
In Monday's statement from CEO Rick Federico, the restaurant chain updated its progress in investigating a breach first reported in June. The statement said all card data has been processed securely at all locations since June 11.
The security breach of their card processing systems occurred between October 19th of 2013, and June 11th of 2014, one day after the Secret Service made the company aware of the breach.
Federico went on to say the company initiated an internal investigation, to assess the breadth of the security breach, involving their card processing systems, and they have reason to believe the intruder may have stolen credit and debit card numbers, names, and expiration dates of some customer's cards.
READ: CEO Rick Federico's statement (PDF)
The internal investigation, conducted by both P.F. Chang's staff and forensic data experts from a third party contracted for the investigation, determined the 33 locations, and specific date time frames the card processing system was compromised for each.
The restaurant chain has 211 P.F. Chang's locations in the USA and 192 Pei Wei Asian Diner restaurants. No Pei Wei restaurants were involved in the data breach.
If you dined at any of the listed locations, between the dates noted, you are strongly advised to review your financial records to determine if any fraudulent activity has occurred since that time.
In addition, P.F. Chang's suggests you visit their Security page they have in place, to answer any questions you may have regarding the compromise, and includes contact information for Credit Reporting Bureaus, the Federal Trade Commission, and state Attorneys General for individual states: http://www.pfchangs.com/security/.
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