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Security breached at 33 P.F. Chang’s locations

BY Dan Berthiaume

Scottsdale, Ariz. – On dates ranging from October 19, 2013 and April 10, 2014, hackers compromised the security of credit card processing systems at 33 locations of the P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina, and may have stolen consumer credit card data. The U.S. Secret Service notified P.F. Chang’s of the breach on June 10, 2014 and P.F. Chang’s says it has been processing credit card numbers securely since June 11.

In a statement on the P.F. Chang’s website attributed to CEO Rick Federico, the company said it quickly moved to a manual processing system for all credit and debit card transactions to prevent any further potential exposure of customers’ credit and debit card information. The security compromise has been contained and P.F. Chang’s has replaced the affected hardware and returned to our standard credit and debit card processing system.

The potentially stolen data includes the card number and in some cases also the cardholder’s name and/or the card’s expiration date. However, P.F. Chang’s has not determined that any specific cardholder’s credit or debit card data was stolen by the intruder(s). P.F. Chang’s says it doesn’t have sufficient contact information to contact potentially affected guests directly, but has emailed customers that have provided their email address. The retailer is providing customers who used a credit card at the affected stores during the breach with free 12-month access to the All Clear Secure service.

According to the KrebsonSecurity blog, thousands of new credit card numbers went up for sale on a well-known underground website used by data thieves. Banks reported that all the numbers had been used beginning of March 2014 and May 19, 2014.

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Newegg streamlines shopping experience with Visa Checkout

BY CSA STAFF

Newegg has turned to Visa to streamline the checkout process for its customers. The leading electronics-focused e-retailer will leverage the Visa Checkout payment service to simplify the process of buying online.

Visa Checkout can be used when shopping Newegg from a desktop computer and mobile devices. To mark the addition of the new service, Newegg is running a promotion until August 25 giving customers 10% (up to $20) off purchases made using Visa Checkout.

“Visa Checkout is a great service that helps our customers make their purchases on Newegg quickly and conveniently,” said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. “It removes much of the tedium inherent to the online checkout process, especially for our customers who like to shop on mobile devices.”

Customers can enroll for Visa Checkout by selecting it as a payment option during checkout, and creating a free account. Once enrolled, members can store payment information for cards with the Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover logo. Then, when it’s time to check out at Newegg, enrolled customers enter their Visa Checkout username and password without ever leaving the Newegg website.

Newegg was founded in 2001 and has more than 25 million registered users. It offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics products, detailed product descriptions and images, as well as how-to information and customer reviews.

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Kmart gets help from Biggest Loser star

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Fitness guru Jillian Michaels and Kmart this month plan to launch a new line of performance activewear branded as Impact by Jillian Michaels as part of Kmart’s strategy to expand and strengthen health and wellness offerings.

The product line will be available online beginning August 10 for Kmart’s Shopyourway.com members and in stores on August 17 with prices ranging from $10.99 to $36.99. The line of apparel and accessories encompasses categories such as core training, running, yoga and lifestyle.

Kmart said it relationship with Michaels, a fitness celebrity who gained notoriety as host of the television show The Biggest Loser, would combine a compelling performance brand with a highly engaging shopping experience. Through shopyourway.com, members will have exclusive access to content from Michaels that is designed to inspire them to achieve healthy lifestyle goals and potential. Members will also be able to purchase the collection through the integrated retail platform that enables them to receive brand updates, create their own catalogs to shop and share and enter sweepstakes.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Jillian, one of the foremost authorities in wellness and fitness," said Diane Vaccaro, chief marketing officer for Kmart Apparel. "Jillian has infused her personal style and enthusiasm for empowering women into the collection, allowing us to offer true performance and style at an affordable price. We believe her engagement across our Shop Your Way platform will resonate authentically with our members."

The new line will feature key technical attributes integral to activewear, including moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties, flat-lock stitching, reflective details and quality fabric blends for enhanced comfort and breathability, according to Kmart. The line will also be infused with fashion and design elements that include fitted silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and pops of color and pattern.

"I wanted to create an athletic apparel line for Kmart that not only performed well, but looked great, too," Michaels said. "I drew inspiration from every fitness category and trend out there, so no matter who you are and what you’re doing, you will feel empowered while wearing the collection."

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