Target data breach affects millions more than previously thought
POSTED: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 10:17pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 9:22am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — If you were one of the 40 million customers affected by the Target data breach over the holiday season, you're not alone. Recent projections show that number is actually much larger than originally thought. We're told, more than 70 million customers' personal information has now been compromised.
Many these customers were just notified today by an email. The email from Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel stated, "I am writing to make you aware that your name, mailing address, phone number or email address may have been taken during the intrusion".
Target issued a statement saying they take responsibility for all unauthorized charges, but still don't know who hacked their system. "We are responsible, we are accountable for all of it, and we want to make that crystal clear to everybody that's shopped in our store. They have zero liability, they get the free credit monitoring services, we're working on notification, we're giving them tips, we're working with law enforcement. We're trying everything we possibly can".
As if that number is not staggering enough, Neiman Marcus is now reporting credit card breaches as well. Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy said, "Think about not just target think about all of the other retailers that are absolutely dependent on information technologies and think about what kind of information are you going to give up at the point of sale".
Some speculate this could be a part of a broader and highly sophisticated scam, but there are things you can do to keep your private safe.
- Heavily monitor credit card statements.
- Never share information with anyone over phone, email, or text.
- Delete emails from users you do not know. Additionally, do not click on links these emails may contain.
- Be suspicious about any emails or phone calls asking for money.