Target Breach Included Personal Information

Target-Logo-squareA few weeks ago, we told you about a data breach at US retailer Target. We usually don’t do these kinds of stories during #CESlive, but this was too important not to. An individual or individuals were able to get into Target’s point of sale system and able to receive information from the payment card magnetic strips for 70 million customers who shopped at their physical locations. We then updated to report that encrypted PIN data was also taken. Turns out, that isn’t all they got. They have your personal data as well.

Potentially more damaging is the information they stole. Included are names, mailing addressees, email addresses, and phone numbers. Combine those with the numbers and you have a potential problem. This potentially effects the same 70 million customers as the original breach. Because of this breach, we remind you that target is offering a free year of credit monitoring and identity theft protections. and that guests will not be liable for fraudulent purchases. They’ll offer more information on that next week and guests will have 3 months to enroll in those programs. They have set up a dedicated website for this breach at They will contact customers by email if they have your information. Also note that anyone from the retailer will not be asking for any personal information from you.

We’ll continue to monitor this story and update. Please spread this information, especially to loved ones that don’t read Geek Beat. If you see anything suspicious on your card, please contact Target and your local law enforcement immediately.


In an interview with CNBC, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel confirmed that the breech was a result of malware in the retailer’s point of sale system.

Source: Target
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