PF Chang's latest chain hit by data breach

Don't Waste Your Money

Another month, another attack on another chain where Americans swipe their credit and debit cards.

USA Today and the Chicago Tribune report that the Chinese restaurant PF Chang's is investigating a data breach that may have happened in recent weeks.

The security blog Krebs On Security claims that thousands of new stolen credit card numbers are showing up for sale on criminal websites. 

The one thing these cards have in common, Krebs reports, is that all were swiped at PF Chang's restaurants between March and May of this year.

A PF Chang's spokesperson says the restaurant is investigating the situation, but cannot confirm the breach.

Fourth Major Attack in Recent Months

This would be the fourth major attack in recent months, the largest being Target's breach that exposed as many as 40 million card numbers.

Michaels Stores and Sally Beauty also report attacks and breaches this year.

Those stores have all alerted customers who used cards there: PF Chang's has not yet released any information as to how many customers may have been affected.

How to Protect Yourself

The best way to protect yourself, security experts say, is to use a credit card (where you are billed at the end of the month) rather than a debit card, where the money comes out of your bank account immediately.

Both type of cards offer fraud protection, but debit can take months to get a refund.

And with any card, check your account carefully for erroneous charges and report them immediately.

That way you don't waste your money.


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