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If you happened to shop for a new iPad at a Target store over the last three weeks, you may want to check your credit card statements -- the retailer has just confirmed nearly 40 million credit and debit cards may be part of a new security breach.
Target confirmed Thursday that its retail stores were the victim of a security breach involving millions of credit and debit card accounts that began right around Black Friday last month.
The breach was first reported Wednesday by Krebs on Security and confirmed today by Target, who claims the issues has been "identified and resolved." The retailer is now working with "a leading third-party forensics firm" to investigate the incident.
“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, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Target. “We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”
Target claims "approximately" 40 million credit and debit card accounts "may have been impacted" between November 27 and December 15 -- the height of the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping season.
The incident appears to be limited only to brick-and-mortar retail stores; online orders were not affected. Target has already alerted financial institutions and the company "is putting all appropriate resources" behind the investigation.
As always, readers who have shopped at a Target retail store since November 27 are encouraged to keep a close eye on their accounts and immediately report any suspicious activity to the bank in question.
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