P.F. Changâ€™s China Bistro said Tuesday that it is investigating a potential security breach that may have led to the theft of information from thousands of customer credit cards.
The possible theft was first reported by Brian Krebs, a security blogger, who noted thousands of fresh credit cards appeared on Rescator, a so-called carding site that was used to sell payment data after last yearâ€™s Target network breach. Data from the magnetic strips of the latest stolen cards is selling for between $18 and $140 per card.
Krebs said representatives from affected banks had purchased several stolen credit cards from carding sites and discovered that many were used recently at P.F. Changâ€™s.
â€œP.F. Changâ€™s takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the situation, working with the authorities to learn more,â€ said Anne Deanovic, a spokeswoman for the company. â€œWe will provide an update as soon as we have additional information.â€
Deanovic said the company had not yet tied fraudulent activity on customersâ€™ credit cards to the possible breach. The Secret Service, which has been conducting an inquiry into recent hacks at retailers, did not return a request for comment.
If the breach is confirmed, P.F. Changâ€™s will be the fifth major retail chain â€” after Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, and Sallyâ€™s Beauty â€” to acknowledge that its systems were recently compromised .
The tally of customers affected by these recent breaches now exceeds one-third of the US population.