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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Target customers credit/debit card information breached
As many as forty million people may have had their personal information stolen, after thieves breached the credit card system at Target.
What Target calls the "Unauthorized access" lasted from November 27 until December 15.
It was a nationwide event, possibly affecting almost 1800 stores.
The Secret Service is investigating, as they do in many large-scale hacking incidents.
Laura Hussey "This time of year, you might do it a dozen times a day, pull out a credit card, and run it through a machine at one of your favorite stores"
For Target shoppers, the threat started during the busy Thanksgiving holiday.
People who used credit or debit cards at Target between November 27 and December 15 may have lost personal information to data thieves.
Tammy Halladay "That's a big deal, a big deal, I wouldn't want to be on that list, and I do shop at Target and bought some Christmas presents"
The stolen information includes names, credit card numbers, expiration dates, and the security codes on the backs of the cards.
Tammy Halladay is probably ok, because she shopped online.
Target says the data theft happened in stores.
It's reported the incident may have involved tampering with the machines that swipe the cards.
Julie Harper "I would wonder how you could be safe. If you're putting your credit card through the reader, how else can you be sure that it's safe?"
Target says the problem was resolved December 15.
The company is hiring forensic investigators to help prevent future breaches.
Mary Jane Ross/FWB "I am concerned about it, I try to check my statements as much as possible. But you know, we just keep on using cards, and I think at any given moment it can happen to anybody, anyplace"
Laura Hussey "For now, Target is telling customers to keep a close eye on all your accounts, and report problems immediately."
If you suspect any unauthorized activity you should contact Target at 866-852-8680.