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P.F. Chang’s names 33 restaurants hit by data breach

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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro has named the places and times it suffered a data breach, with 33 of its 210 U.S. restaurants being hit for weeks or months

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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro has for the first time put boundaries around the size of the card processing system data breach, revealing where and when its restaurants hit, exposing sensitive customer credit and debit card information to potential theft.

The breach hit 33 of its 210 restaurants in the continental United States, and they were not affected all at once. Some systems were exposed for only a couple of weeks, while others became vulnerable Oct. 19, 2013, and were not secured until the breach was discovered and contained June 11, 2014.

(Could your card be affected? See chart, “P.F. Chang’s restaurants affected by data breach“)

While the restaurant chain’s card processing systems were vulnerable, processed card data such as card numbers and cardholder names and card expiration dates became exposed to whoever accessed the systems, according to a press release from P.F. Chang’s CEO Rick Federico. The company has confirmed only the breach, not whether cardholder data was stolen.

Shortly after discovering the breach, the restaurants switched to old-fashioned that recorded credit card numbers manually. As of Aug. 4, “The security compromise has been contained and we have replaced the affected hardware and returned to our standard credit and debit card processing system,” according to Federico’s statement.

If you visited an affected P.F. Chang’s restaurant during a period of card system vulnerability, continue to closely monitor your checking and debit accounts and report any unusual activity to your card company or issuing bank. The investigation is ongoing and consumers are advised to continue checking P.F. Chang’s online Security Update for news.

Placing a fraud alert on your credit file can also help you monitor criminal activity that may occur separate from your cardholder accounts.

P.F. Chang’s is offering free identity protection services through AllClear Secure to potential victims for a one year period beginning Aug. 4. To sign up, visit pfchangs.allclearid.com and verify via an online form that you used a card at one of the affected restaurants during the breach periods.

P.F. CHANG’S RESTAURANTS AFFECTED BY DATA BREACH
State, cityAddressExposure time frame
Arizona
Scottsdale7135 E. Camelback Rd.
Peoria 16170 N. 83rd Ave.
 California
Chula Vista 2015 Birch Rd.
 Torrance 3525 Carson St.
 Carlsbad 5621 Paseo Del Norte
 Temecula 40762 Winchester Rd.
 Palo Alto 900 Stanford Shopping Center
 Sherman Oaks 15301 Ventura Blvd.
 Rancho Cucumonga 7870 Monticello Ave.
 Newport Beach 1145 Newport Center Dr.
 Colorado
 Lakewood 7210 W. Alameda Ave.
Florida
 Winter Park 436 North Orlando Ave.
 Palm Beach Gardens 3101 PGA Blvd.
 Clearwater 27001 U.S. Highway 19 N, Ste. #1150
 Illinois
 Schaumburg 5 Woodfield Mall
 Maryland
 Baltimore 600 E. Pratt St.
 Missouri
 Chesterfield 1295 Chesterfield Parkway East
 St. Louis 25 The Boulevard Saint Louis
Nevada
 South Las Vegas 3667 Las Vegas Blvd.
 New Jersey
 Princeton 3545 U.S. Highway 1
 New York
White Plains 125 Westchester Ave.
 North Carolina
 Durham 6801 Fayetteville Rd.
 Charlotte 10325 Perimeter Parkway
 Ohio
 Dayton 2626 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
 Oklahoma
 Tulsa 1978 E. 21st St.
 Pennslyvania
 Collegeville 10 Providence Town Center
 Pittsburgh 1600 Settlers Ridge Center Dr; Bldg. 1300
 Glen Mills 983 Baltimore Pike
Tennesee
 Chattanooga 2110 Hamilton Place Blvd.
 Texas
 Austin 10114 Jollyville Rd.
 Virginia
 Woodbridge 15151 Potomac Town Place
 Washington
 Bellevue 525 Bellevue Square
 Lynnwood 3000 184th St.

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