Target data breach update: May have impacted 70 million people

Company extends credit monitoring and identity theft protection to shoppers

Target today announced updates on its continuing investigation into the recent data breach, according to its website.

As part of Target’s ongoing forensic investigation, it has been determined that certain guest information — separate from the payment card data previously disclosed — was taken during the data breach.

This theft is not a new breach, but was uncovered as part of the ongoing investigation. At this time, the investigation has determined that the stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals.

Much of this data is partial in nature, but in cases where Target has an email address, the company will attempt to contact affected guests.  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. In addition, guests can find the tips on the company’s website.

 

‘We are truly sorry’

“I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Target. “I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team.”

Customers will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach. To provide further peace of mind, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all individuals who shopped at its U.S. stores. Customers will have three months to enroll in the program.

Additional details will be shared next week. To learn more, go to target.com/databreach.

 

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