Target Data Breach Worse Than First Reported, Up to 70M Customers Affected

Target Data Breach Worse Than First Reported, Up to 70M Customers AffectedThe data breach affecting Target customers that occurred from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 was already considered the worse single theft of credit and debit card information when it was first reported that 40 million accounts were affected.
Target, the third-largest U.S. retailer, said Friday that the number of affected consumers is actually much higher, up to 70 million.
Additionally, the investigation into the massive hack has “determined that the stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.”
“Much of this data is partial in nature, but in cases where Target has an email address, we will attempt to contact affected guests,” Target said in its update Friday. “This communication will be informational, including tips to guard against consumer scams. Target will not ask those guests to provide any personal information as part of that communication.”
The breach occurred from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Major credit and debit card issuers, such as Chase, have stepped up their replacement of cards, even for customers who used their cards at Target during that period, but whose accounts have not shown fraudulent activity.
Stolen card information including includes PIN data, and three-digit security codes.
“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, chairman, president and chief executive officer.  “Our guests expect more from us and deserve better.”
Target will offer free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to its customers. Details about how to enroll will be announced next week.
Target: “In addition, guests can find the tips at, along with updated information in the Data Breach FAQs to help answer questions and provide additional resources.”

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