Target Security Breach
The data of roughly 40 million Target customers was breached during the busiest shopping season of the year, and the Secret Service is investigating.
The breach affects customers who shopped at any Target location nationwide, using a debit or credit card between Black Friday, November 27th, and December 15th. This also includes all Target store branded cards.
The information stolen included the customers name, card number, expiration date, and the 3-digit security code located on the back of the card. The breach does not affect customers who made purchases through Target's website.
CEO of BV Systems, Scott Schober says, "Somebody probably tapped into the server, which would allow as a cyber crime them to pull out all of that information, from all of those swipes, so it was a tremendous amount of data that was actually swiped and stolen."
Michael Wayne, Senior Vice President of Chemung Canal Trust offers some advice to help keep customers safe in the future. He says, "The first and best line of defense is the client or our customer reviewing their receipts against their statement activity, just to make sure that nothing is out of the ordinary."
If you do notice any suspicious account activity, you should report it to your bank or credit card company immediately, and call target at 866-852-8680.
Here is a link to Target's FAQ page regarding the breach: https://corporate.target.com/discover/article/Important-Notice-Unauthorized-access-to-payment-ca?intc=importantguestinfo