Justice Department Investigates Target Security Breach
According to FOX News, Target Corp. announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into a security breach in which data linked to 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen.
About the Target Credit Card Security Breach
- Target Corp. confirmed last week that a data breach has led to approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts being compromised between November 27 and December 15.
- According to security experts, the Target data breach marks the second largest theft of card accounts in U.S. history behind a 2005 scam involving TJX Cos in which 45.7 million card users were affected.
- Among the information obtained and the breach are customer names, credit and debit card account numbers, card expiration dates, and embedded codes on the magnetic strips found on the backs of credit and debit cards.
Customers are advised to monitor their accounts closely and are urged to request new cards. Experts warn that fraudulent activity may not occur for months or even years.
Department of Justice Investigates
According to Target, the retailer is working with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Secret Service as investigations into the customer data breach continue.
A conference was held Monday in which the company's general counsel attempted to bring state attorneys general up to date on the breach.
The Department of Justice has declined to comment on its role in the investigation or on a reported probe into the retail giant.
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