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More than 40 million cardholders could be affected by Target card security leak

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:30 pm

Following a leak in the security of Target payment cards, Target has issued the following press release:

We wanted to make you aware of unauthorized access to Target payment card data. The unauthorized access may impact guests who made credit or debit card purchases in our U.S. stores from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, 2013. Your trust is a top priority for Target, and we deeply regret the inconvenience this may cause. The privacy and protection of our guests’ information is a matter we take very seriously and we have worked swiftly to resolve the incident.

We began investigating the incident as soon as we learned of it. We have determined that the information involved in this incident included customer name, credit or debit card number, and the card’s expiration date and CVV (the three-digit security code).

We are partnering with a leading third-party forensics firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and to examine additional measures we can take that would be designed to help prevent incidents of this kind in the future. Additionally, Target alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately after we discovered and confirmed the unauthorized access, and we are putting our full resources behind these efforts.

We recommend that you closely review the information provided in this letter for some steps that you may take to protect yourself against potential misuse of your credit and debit information. You should remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports. If you discover any suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, be sure to report it immediately to your financial institutions. In addition, you may contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) or law enforcement to report incidents of identity theft or to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft. To learn more, you can go to the FTC’s Web site, at www.consumer.gov/idtheft, or call the FTC, at (877) IDTHEFT (438-4338) or write to Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.

You may also periodically obtain credit reports from each nationwide credit reporting agency. If you discover information on your credit report arising from a fraudulent transaction, you should request that the credit reporting agency delete that information from your credit report file. In addition, under federal law, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report by going to www.AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. You may contact the nationwide credit reporting agencies at:

Equifax Experian TransUnion

(800) 525-6285 (888) 397-3742 (800) 680-7289

P.O. Box 740241 P.O. Box 9532 Fraud Victim Assistance Division

Atlanta, GA 30374-0241 Allen, TX 75013 P.O. Box 6790

www.equifax.com www.experian.com Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

www.transunion.com

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1 comment:

  • John Flanagan posted at 3:48 pm on Sun, Dec 22, 2013.

    John Flanagan Posts: 341

    No sense of security any longer. Hackers get this credit information and sell it to other thieves, many of whom live in other countries and use this information for fraudulent purchases and identity theft. What is happening? Can't these stores invest in a secure site? Is it too much trouble to ask?

     

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