Target confirms security breach impacting up to 40 million credit, debit cards

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Minneapolis, Minn. — (Dec. 19, 2013)

Target company officials released a statement confirming the unauthorized access of customers’ credit and debit cards. The statement from the retailer came hours after an online blogger first reported the security breach.

Customers who shopped at Target stores between November 27th and December 15th could be victims of the breach. Consumers should check credit and debit card accounts and statements for any unusual or unauthorized activity.

“Target’s first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”

The Secret Service confirmed it was investigating the breach Wednesday. Other major credit card companies were also made aware of the cyber attack.

Experts believe the hackers used a malicious software to corrupt credit card machines at check-out counters at several or all of Target’s 1,797 U.S. stores.

The breach does not appear to have affected online Target sales.