TARGET stores hit by major credit card attack
(Reuters) – Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target Corp customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend in a major breach at the U.S. retailer, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The Secret Service is investigating, according to a spokesman for the agency, which safeguards the nation’s payment systems. Target officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Customers’ Info May Have Been Stolen
Target Corp. TGT +3.08% was hit by an extensive theft of its customers’ credit-card and debit-card data over the busy Black Friday weekend, people familiar with the matter said, in what appears to be a brazen breach of a major retailer’s information security.
The theft was national in scope and happened in stores, not online, and may have involved tampering with the machines customers use to swipe their cards when making purchases, the people said.
The Secret Service is investigating the breach, a spokesman said, but wouldn’t discuss details of the incident while the investigation is ongoing. Secret Service often investigates significant hacks of credit-card data, as part of its mission is to safeguard the country’s financial infrastructure and payment systems.
Target: Up To 40 Million Credit Cards May Have Compromised In Data Breach
NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — Target says up to 40 million card accounts may have been affected by a large-scale data breach.
Target says it has already identified and resolved the issue and is working closely with law enforcement and financial institutions.