Target Investigating Data Security Breach of Customer Debit and Credit Card Information

By on December 19, 2013
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Target announced this morning that it is looking into a data security breach concerning credit card and debit card information for 40 million of its retail customers, the New York Times reported.

In a statement on its website, Target said “it is aware of unauthorized access to payment card data that may have impacted certain guests making credit and debit card purchases in its U.S. stores.”

The credit card and debit card information was most likely compromised between November 27, 2013 and December 15, 2013, Target stated.  Online customers were not affected by the breach.

In April 2011, Sony disclosed a similar security breach in its PlayStation Online Network, which resulted in the theft of account information for approximately 77 million users.  Numerous class action lawsuits were filed following the Sony security breach.

The actions against Sony, which were consolidated in California federal court, allege that Sony did not adequately safeguard customer’s personal identifying information, had vulnerable security systems in place, and were slow to respond to the breach, in violation of California laws implemented to guard customer information.

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