It doesn't matter what kind of business you are, if you process credit cards and hold customer information, you are a target for criminals.
According to an article from USA Today, executives at P.F. Chang's China Bistro acknowledged that it has been the victim of a credit card data breach. This is something that had been reported earlier in the week.
In a statement, P.F. Chang's CEO Rick Federico said that the company learned on June 10, that the credit and debit card information was reportedly stolen from some of the restaurants. Immediately thereafter, the company started in investigation with help of the United States Secret Service and a team of third-party forensics experts. Even though the investigation is still ongoing, the eatery is operating under the assumption that data has been compromised.
"At P.F. Chang's, the safety and security of our guests' payment information is a top priority," Federico said. "Therefore, we have moved to a manual credit card imprinting system for all P.F. Chang's China Bistro branded restaurants located in the continental United States. This ensures our guests can still use their credit and debit cards safely in our restaurants as our investigation continues."
The company set up a website, pfchangs.com/security, where customers can go for frequently asked questions and updates. It also contains the statement and urges all customers to remain vigilant and check their credit card and bank statements regularly.