Saturday, December 28, 2013

Target Hack Problem Goes From Bad to Worse

Posted By on Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

More than a week after nearly 40 million Target customers learned that their credit/debit card accounts had been compromised—the second largest data breach in U.S. retail history—Target had some more bad news early today.

On Dec. 19, Target officials said customer names, card numbers and expiration dates have been taken, along with the three-digit security codes on the backs of the cards.

And now, Target admits that PIN data linked to debit cards was also stolen during the massive security breach between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Target had initially denied a report from Reuters that the PIN data had been stolen, but the retailer admitted this morning that the story was indeed true.

"Through additional forensic work, we are able to confirm that strongly encrypted PIN data was removed," said Target in a new statement.

And now, some more bad news. Overnight, a second string of credit card heists was confirmed, this time hitting a number of upscale Boston-area restaurants. The Briar Group said that between October and November, hackers stole information on tens of thousands of credit card accounts.

The Briar Group runs Solas, City Bar, Anthem, Ned Devine’s, The Harp and other popular restaurants and bars in the Boston region.

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