Himes wants hearing on Target data security breach

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents most of Shelton, has joined 16 of his colleagues in calling for a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on the data breach at Target stores.

“As Target continues to increase their estimate of how many millions of people were affected by this data breach, Americans rightfully grow wearier of the security of their personal information,” said Himes, a third-term Democrat.

“We need to know exactly what happened at Target so that businesses can prevent future breaches and to ensure strong rules are in place to protect consumers and their personal information,” he said.

The 17 congressmen, all members of the House’s Financial Services Committee, sent a letter with their request to committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling. The letter asks Hensarling to have the Financial Services Committee hold a hearing on the Target data breach.

As many as 110 customers impacted

To date, the personal information of as many as 110 million customers of Target has been put at risk by malware installed on the company’s point of sale registers, according to a release from Himes’ office.

This includes 40 million credit cards and debit cards compromised between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013, and at least 70 million customers’ personal information — including names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses — stolen from the company’s database, the release stated.

The U.S. Secret Service is currently investigating the breach.

There are indications other data breaches may have occurred at Neiman Marcus and other major national retailers.

Shelton is in two congressional districts

The city of Shelton is divided between two congressional districts.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008. He represents the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. Also a Democrat, she represents the Third District, which is centered in New Haven County.