Target cyberthieves score a bullseye on retailer's credit card data
"I usually don't carry a lot of cash with me when I shop, but today I stopped at the bank to make sure I had some money," said Mauser, who added that she plans to continue to shop at the store.
Target, the second-largest U.S. discount chain, said law enforcement is investigating the matter. The data were breached between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, the Minneapolis-based company said in statement. Target said it alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately and has now identified and resolved the issue. The Secret Service said Wednesday that it was probing the incident, and the company said it's working closely with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.
Nashua resident Laura Sullivan, who was also shopping at Target on Amherst Street on Thursday, said she had her personal information stolen after using a credit card at a wholesale buyers club several years ago.
"It's the consumer's responsibility to watch out for themselves," said Sullivan, who added that prepaid cash cards are one way to avoid the risk.
"I was surprised by the size of the problem," she said, adding that she still likes Target and still plans to shop at the store. "We just need to be careful."
Kelley Porter, who was shopping at the Target in Hooksett on Thursday, said she is nervous her account is now exposed, but while she hasn't discussed it with Target officials, she is keeping an eye on her Target REDcard debit account.
"Everyone at work has been talking about this, and a bunch of people are headed over here to make sure everything is OK," Flagg said in Hooksett. "And just to be sure, I have been checking my debit card to make sure nothing has been charged."
"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," Gregg Steinhafel, chief executive officer of Target, said in the statement.
While the agency is best known for protecting the President, it was created in 1865 to fight currency counterfeiting. That role was expanded over the years to include certain kinds of fraud, including identity theft, electronic crime and computer intrusion. The service was part of the U.S. Treasury until 2003, when it was one of the agencies brought into the newly-created Department of Homeland Security.
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