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Clearwater P.F. Chang's restaurant among 33 in security breach

Federal authorities believe 33 P.F. Chang's China Bistro's nationwide were targeted during a security breach in which thieves stole customers' credit and debit card data. [Getty Images]

Federal authorities believe 33 P.F. Chang's China Bistro's nationwide were targeted during a security breach in which thieves stole customers' credit and debit card data. [Getty Images]

CLEARWATER — A local P.F. Chang's China Bistro is among 33 nationwide that federal authorities believe were targeted during a security breach in which thieves stole customers' credit and debit card data.

In a statement released Monday on the chain's website, it said financial information may have been pilfered from the Westfield Countryside Mall restaurant at 27001 U.S. 19 in Clearwater between April 10 and June 11.

A manager referred questions to a spokeswoman, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

News of the breach was first released in June after P.F. Chang's said it was alerted by the U.S. Secret Service. The company followed up Monday with a list of locations, which include restaurants in Baltimore, St. Louis and Austin, Texas, as well as Winter Garden in central Florida and Palm Beach Gardens, on Florida's east coast.

"We've been able to determine that the security of our card processing systems was compromised," the company said.

A list of all 33 locations, as well as the dates that cards may have been compromised and credit monitoring resources, can be found at pfchangs.com/security. The company said that potentially stolen data includes the card number and may also include the cardholder's name and/or the card's expiration date in some instances.

P.F. Chang's said that it is continuously working to understand the nature and scope of the incident. It says the security compromise has been contained and that it has been processing credit and debit card data securely since June 11.

The restaurant operator noted that as the investigation continues it may identify other locations where data may have been compromised or other date ranges.

This report contains information from the Associated Press.

Clearwater P.F. Chang's restaurant among 33 in security breach 08/04/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 5:48pm]
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