The retail chain Target said that some 40 million credit card accounts and debit cards may have been compromised by a computer penetration occurred when the holiday shopping season acquired strength.
The retail chain Target said that about 40 million credit card accounts and debit cards may have been compromised by a computer penetration occurred duringthe holiday shopping season.
Target reported that the accounts may have been affected between November 27rh and Decembe 15th . The stolen data includes customer names, credit card numbers and debit cards, expiration dates and security codes of three digits on the back of the cards.
The company , based in Minneapolis, said he immediately informed the authorities and financial institutions met once penetration , and working with an outside firm of forensic investigation to investigate. He said he is dedicating all the " appropriate resources " to solve the problem.
Target Corp. said customers who shopped at its stores in the United States during the period in question and suspect any unauthorized activity on your accounts should call 866-852-8680 . Identity theft can also complain to the police or the Federal Trade Commission.
Target did not disclose how the penetration occurred , but said the issue is resolved and customers can continue with their acquisitions.
But the news came to light when the season of year-end shopping is at its peak and threatens to scare away customers fearful of theft of personal data.
" Target 's priority is to maintain the confidence of our guests and we have taken swift action to resolve this problem so that guests can shop with confidence ," said company president Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement Thursday.
Target has 1,797 stores in the U.S. and 124 in Canada.