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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices 142

Posted by Soulskill
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wiredmikey writes: After saying earlier this week that it was investigating reports of a data breach related to payment cards used at its locations, P.F. Chang's China Bistro confirmed on Thursday that credit and debit card data has been stolen from some of its restaurants. What's interesting, and somewhat humorous, is that the company said that it has switched over to manual credit card imprinting systems for all of its restaurants located in the continental United States. The popular restaurant chain said that on Tuesday, June 10, the United States Secret Services alerted the company about the incident. Admitting that it does not know the extent or current situation and impact of the attack, the company noted in a statement: "All P.F. Chang's China Bistro branded restaurants in the continental U.S. are using manual credit card imprinting devices to handle our credit and debit card transactions," the company said. "This allows you to use your credit and debit cards safely. If it's not obvious, anyone who has visited a P.F. Chang's and used a payment card in the last several months should monitor their accounts and report any suspected fraudulent activity to their card company.
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

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  • by Lab Rat Jason (2495638) on Friday June 13, 2014 @06:09PM (#47233335)
    My credit union prints their own cards... which don't have a relief on the printed data... so they can issue them directly from the branch. If you want relief on your card, you have to order it through the mail. So I guess I'm not eating at Chang's tonight
  • by sribe (304414) on Friday June 13, 2014 @06:16PM (#47233377)

    My credit union prints their own cards... which don't have a relief on the printed data... so they can issue them directly from the branch.

    Uhmmm, my credit union prints their own cards right in the branch and hands them to you when you open an account. With raised numbers like a normal card. The card printers for making properly-embossed cards are not that expensive.

  • by ArchieBunker (132337) on Friday June 13, 2014 @06:23PM (#47233425) Homepage

    You're doing yourself a favor by not eating af PF Chang's.

  • by gigne (990887) on Friday June 13, 2014 @07:00PM (#47233635) Homepage Journal

    "Things have changed now; storing credit card data has come to be regarded as routine in the post-1 click, impulse buy Internet world."

    Having intefgrated with several payment processing systems, I can tell you no one stores credit card information any more. At least in Europe. PCI-DSS regulations are very clear on this.

    What we have now is a token we can use. The token is returned after a payment is made. You can keep this token int he DB to allow repeat purchases. This is similar to storing the credit card, but you can only re-use that token with the single payment processor company and give the original payee that money.

    Pretty much useless for a criminal.

    The liability for leaking a cc number is now with the payment processor, and they are generally held to a higher security standard than your average chinese retaurant chain.

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