The Secret Service is investigating the security breach that affected P.F. Chang’s China Bistro customers.
“The security compromise was part of a highly sophisticated criminal operation,” the restaurant chain wrote in a statement released Wednesday.
Company officials said updates will be posted on a special website: pfchangs.com/security
However, P.F. Chang's warned "an investigation of this nature takes time."
“We encourage you to continue monitoring your accounts and to report any suspected fraudulent activity to your card company or issuing bank,” the release stated.
Any major, unexpected changes in your accounts could signal identity theft, and you should pull your credit reports immediately to check for signs of fraud — such as new accounts that were opened using your information, or past-due charges that you didn’t make to an existing card you haven’t used in a while.
-- The breach --
Thousands of credit/debit cards went up for sale June 9 on the underground store Rescator, according to Security blogger Brian Krebs. Rescator sold millions of cards stolen during the Target breach late last year.
All of the recently posted cards were used at P.F. Chang’s restaurants from March through May 19.
The card information comes from the magnetic stripe on the back of credit and debit cards and can be cloned on fake cards, according to Credit.com. The fake card can be used to make purchases until it is rendered invalid, either by the issuer or a consumer who notices unauthorized use of his or her account.
-- New security measures --
P.F. Chang’s officials said Wednesday that it is safe to use credit and debit cards in their restaurants.
“We have deployed additional encryption-enabled terminals to swiftly and securely process credit and debit card information,” company officials said Wednesday. Read entire release.
There are more than 200 P.F. Chang’s restaurants worldwide, and it is unclear how many locations may have been affected by the breach.