Happy Holidays Target Shoppers


Target rang in the Christmas shopping season this year with a HUGE security breach that has allowed an unknown number of Target customers credit card information to be hacked.

If you’ve shopped at Target since Thanksgiving, hackers may have acquired your debit and credit card information.

Krebs On Security blog says the data stolen is ‘track data’ or the information on the magnetic strip. The crooks can create conterfeit cards in your name.

Mark Rasch, a former Department of Justice cyber crime prosecutor, sugggests that if you’ve used a debit or credit card at Target from Nov. 27 to Dec. 13 this is what you do now:

  • Call Target at (866) 852-8680 to inquire if your account has been compromised.
  • If Target says yes, check your Target, credit card and bank account statements for anything unusual, even a small withdrawl.
  • Check your credit report. You may receive a credit report for free at annualcreditreport.com. Look for any changes, such as a changed address on an account.
  • When speaking with Target on the phone, request a free credit monitoring service that can alert if there is unusual activity on your accounts.

The Secret Service has confirmed thieves have stolen an unknown number of Target customers’ payment information, which could affect millions who have shopped there. The hacking may have compromised customers’ names, credit and debit card numbers, and security codes.

Did you shop at Target over the Black Friday weekend? Did you check to see if your number was compromised? Better get cracking!

Source : NBC

Updated: December 19, 2013 — 11:34 pm