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Target: Data For 70M Customers Breached

The retailer had earlier said 40 million customers had sensitive data stolen, like credit card numbers, debit card PINs and email addresses.

Target announced Friday that a data breach was much more widespread than previously admitted. Credit: Better Business Bureau
Target announced Friday that a data breach was much more widespread than previously admitted. Credit: Better Business Bureau
Retail giant Target announced Friday that millions more customers had their data stolen than previously admitted.

Target now says 70 million customers — up from an earlier figure of 40 million — had credit card numbers, email addresses, expiration dates and even debit card PINs stolen.

The company's CEO apologized.

"I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are sorry they are having to endure this," said Gregg Steinhafel, who is also chairman and president of the nation's second-largest retailer, in a letter on the company's Web site.

The breach, first made public last month, happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, according to the Boston Globe.

Target is promising a year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers in hopes of mitigating the public relations disaster.

Ray Raulerson January 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Almost everyone is finding fault with Target for this “breach of security”; however, it is not THEIR FAULT! It is the fault of the data transmission protocol systems, YES THAT IS CORRECT the systems such as AT&T, VERIZON, and others who transmit the credit card data from the credit card terminal to the bank and back! And if the entire retail world would be truthful, i.e. HONEST, with their customers we would find out that every, each and every one of them (WalMart, Sears, K-Mart, Macy’s, J.C. Penney’s, Etc.) were all part of the “breach”; at least Target Stores is the only retailer with enough balls to come forth and alert its customers and the public of the problem. This is not a Target problem it is a National Security issue and if not for Timothy Snowden alerting us to what the NSA was doing we would never have known that this was possible…oh and by the way this is what Meta Data is really about! (And before you try to refute it I used to work in this field and know a hell of a lot more than any of you do; even more than you reporters think you do! Just wait for the next breach.)
Ray Raulerson January 11, 2014 at 02:59 PM
FYI: Credit Card Breach At Dallas-Based Neiman Marcus reported on January 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM; here is the link: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/01/10/credit-card-breach-at-dallas-based-neiman-marcus/ So like I said before IT WAS NOT JUST TARGET STORES...told ya' so!

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