Target Estimates an Additional 70 Million Affected by Security Breach
According to the Washington Post, Target Corp. announced Friday that the personal information of an additional 70 million people may have been compromised during a security breach bringing the total of affected customers to 110 million.
About the Target Security Breach
- December 15, Target announced that the credit card information of approximately 40 million customer’s had been acquired by data thieves during a security breach that occurred between November 27 and December 15.
- It is believed that the thieves were able to pull data including customer names, addresses, credit card account cumbers and security codes during the data heist.
- Target has also acknowledged that customer PINs were also stolen, but maintains that the personal identification numbers maintained encryptions after being extracted from their systems.
- According to a number of reports, even before Target announced the security breach to the public, fraud analysts with a number of banks were able to locate and purchase the stolen customer information from black market websites.
More Target Customers Affected
- With Friday’s announcement, the Target security breach has officially become the largest case of credit card theft in U.S. history, displacing the 2005 breach which compromised 45.7 million credit card users who had shopped with TJX Cox.
- The announcement came as a result of an ongoing investigation Target is conducting along with the Secret Service and Department of Justice as they attempt to determine was responsible for the hack.
- Target has stated that affected customers will receive an e-mail with security tips and that customers are not liable for any fraudulent charges that are made with the stolen credit cards.
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