Target Data Breach Could Affect Millions of Bank Customers

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Retailer Target is investigating a massive data breach that may have affected the card data of millions of bank customers, according to security blogger Brian Krebs. The breach of credit and debit card records is said to have begun on or around Black Friday 2013, the day after Thanksgiving.

Krebs cites anonymous sources at two top 10 credit card issuers. "The breach extends to nearly all Target locations nationwide, and involves the theft of data stored on the magnetic stripe of cards used at the stores," he writes.

Minneapolis, Minn. based Target Brands Inc. has not responded to multiple requests for comment, nor have representatives from MasterCard and Visa.

The type of data said to be stolen also known as "track data" includes customers' names, card account numbers and expiration dates.

According to Krebs, the card data is thought to have been vulnerable from just after Thanksgiving to possibly December 15.

"There are no indications at this time that the breach affected customers who shopped at Target's online stores," Krebs writes. That makes it likely that the thieves created counterfeit cards for use at the store's registers and ATMs.

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Citibank called me on Sunday afternoon to inform me that my card was likely compromised after I used it that morning at Target. My replacement card arrived via FedEx on Tuesday - 2 days before the public announcement of the breach. Lucky for me some areas of the Too Big To Behave Banks are still concerned with serving their customers rather than taking advantage of them.
Posted by jim_wells | Thursday, December 19 2013 at 11:08AM ET
I met my wife in the small town of Antlers, Oklahoma. Being in the huge assets of the big buisiness world both stateside as well as 7-countries for 30 years I originally aspired to small town life who's people were uninformed of large business and the attributes of seeing the lifestyles of the worlds poorest in multiple countries. I was jealous of the people of Antlers, Oklahoma, yet, after many years of dragging my wife through 9-states I dreamed the whole time of coming back to her small town world. I have been targeted 3-times in a year financially since we came home. Fortunately I am respectfully in tune and up to date on these debit and credit card issues. We look at Mr. Snowden who dropped out of high school via lack of ability, yet had a level 1 security. And now I pray for the few people in small town America who already choose between food and medication, cannot get a credit card but have a debit card which has so many more multiple security failures as well as direct information to their accounts as well as personal information. I have watched big time America effect a town of 400-people, some fnancially destroyed for life, loss of their credit, their names and then their house with no financial assets to either fight the fight for identity theft, or live as they were with their small checks they worked so hard, for so long, for so little money in small town America. Credit card scanners are old technoligy as someone can be within 75-feet of you and lazer point and collect 100% of your credit cards and life information in 2.3 seconds. I have done my best helping open a free clinic for those who don't have or cannot afford insurance, as well I as a well educated man cannot forsee that getting any better, a food bank that is always empty as there is no one left with the finances to contribute, I have taken people to 2-states continually for Chempotherapy until they could not afford the co-pays as their identities have been stolen and/or they have been nickled and dimed to death wheras they could not afford medical services. When do we put together the think tank assortment of people like myself to contribute to find the checks and balances to obsolve some of these financial issues. I fear we are waiting on the government, although the United States Constitution informs us that we should be doing the opposite, as we as the people of the United States according to the Constitution should be telling the Government what we want and not waiting on them to act. I can be reached on www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-webster/61/165/721/as I am sure I have gone out of bounds by a reality approach, or paulwboobooweb@aol.com
Posted by paulsusan1961 | Monday, December 23 2013 at 3:15PM ET
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