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Credit, debit card info breach reported at P.F. Chang's

Original post made on Aug 5, 2014

A P.F. Chang's China Bistro restaurant in Palo Alto is one of 33 of the chain's outlets where credit and debit card information of customers
may have been stolen, the company's chief executive said Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 4, 2014, 1:57 PM

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Posted by Kenny
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

No more eating there then, easy enough.

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Posted by Whiskers
a resident of Los Altos
on Aug 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Whiskers is a registered user.

Or, Kenny, instead of hurting the restaurant and yourself as well, do what I do. I use cash for practically everything, and credit cards for only large purchases. Simple, safe, no worries.

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Posted by Taste Bud Owner
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Its has been easy not to eat at one of these shops for many years now.

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Posted by Interesting
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

A few years ago I had my credit card information stolen about a week after I ate at a Chinese restaurant on Castro Street and paid with that card.

Chase called me at work and said that someone had tried to charge the costs of a web site in Chinese using my card. It triggered the fraud alert at Chase.

With all the constant news reports about Chinese hackers, it doesn't surprise me that something like that happened at PF Chang's

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

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I doubt very much that the fact this is a Chinese restaurant had anything to do with the breach. I've been involved in much bigger breaches than this including Target, UT Austin student records, A major PA tech company's retiree records (unencrypted personnel data on a stolen laptop belonging to an employee benefits contractor) and several more, none of which involved anyone who was Chinese . I also had erroneous charges on a credit card, luckily identified by the credit card provider, in a month that the only other time I had used the card was at a high end Italian restaurant in Palo Alto. Per the credit company, someone had duplicated my card and indeed, I had waited longer than usual for someone to process my card payment. However, there was no proof, which is why I'm not mentioning the name of the restaurant. I'm also not jumping to any conclusions about the involvement of the mafia, just because it was an Italian restaurant. In most such cases, it is employee fraud not related to ethnicity.

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Posted by Are you Serious?
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 6, 2014 at 9:36 am


"With all the constant news reports about Chinese hackers, it doesn't surprise me that something like that happened at PF Chang's"

Are you insinuating that eating at Chinese restaurants results credit card fraud?

Besides, PF Chang's is a US-based restaurant chain that started in Scottsdale, AZ. In fact, The "PF" in PF Chang's stands for Paul Fleming (a restauranteur).

Do some background research before you throw out veiled accusations.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

I thought today's news was Russians hijacking a billion passwords.

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Posted by Kenny
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

Whiskers, it is really not hurting me not to eat at PF Changs. Not sure why businesses who are sloppy with security should get away with it.

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