The Data Breach at Target Affects More Than Originally Thought
In December, the retail giant Target reported that hackers had breached their collection of customer data and made off with credit and debit card numbers and affecting up to 40 million people. Now, Target is reporting that the data breach will affect up to 70 million people. In a statement, Target stated that the stolen data includes not only credit and debit card numbers, but names, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses of customers as well. Target’s ongoing investigation into the matter revealed these new findings in the data breach, which occurred between Nov.27 and Dec. 15 of last year.
Target has attempted to contact every customer for whom it has contact information and inform them that their information was stolen. CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized to all Target customers in a video statement. According to IT World, “Target has pledged to pay for the costs of any fraudulent charges related to the breach. The company is also offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers who shopped at the company’s U.S. stores.”
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