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Millions of Credit and Debit Cards Breached at Target Stores

Target Corporation says data from millions of credit and debit cards might have been stolen during the first few weeks of the holiday shopping season.
The secret service is investigating a major data breach at Target stores. Target officials say this breach may have acquired data on approximately 40 million customer credit and debit cards. The security breach occurred during the busiest shopping season of the year. The information is believed to have been lifted from roughly forty thousand devices at store registers - between November 27 and December 15th of this year.
Hackers got access to data stored on the magnetic strip of cards used in stores *not online.* the breach may extend to almost all of the nearly 1800 target retail stores nationwide. Corporal Robert Piarson from the Pennsylvania State Police computer crime unit says consumers should check their bank and credit card statements for any suspicious activity within the next 30-60 days, and utilize one of the free credit report services out there to make sure there was nothing opened in your name. But most likely if there are any out of the ordinary charges made to your account; your bank will notify you.

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