Target Says PINs Not Stolen, But Credit Card Info Was

Source: Jayne O’Donnell / USA Today

Target warned its customers to keep a close eye on their credit card and bank statements after admitting it had a massive data breach.

Stolen information from some 40 million credit and debit cards used in its stores from Black Friday through Dec. 15 included names, credit or debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security code, known as the CVV, on the back of cards, the retailer said.

Target spokesman Eric Hausman confirmed, however, it has “no indication that debit card PINs were impacted.”

The huge breach is the latest in a growing problem for retailers that’s increased as more companies outsource writing and maintaining software, says Andy Obuchowski, a director for security and privacy at consulting company McGladrey.

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