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Target offers free credit monitoring, credit reports

Target in Clay County 12-21-13 (Mark Doughtery)
Target stores try to bounce back after a massive debit and credit card security breach by giving shoppers 10% off. (Mark Doughtery)
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Updated: 1/13 4:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) - Target says that personal information - including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses - was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected.

The chain also cut its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings forecast and outlook for a key sales barometer.

Target had announced in December that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach that happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 - just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear.

The retailer said Friday that the personal information stolen is not a new breach, but was discovered during its ongoing investigation.

Target Corp.'s stock fell in Friday premarket trading.

Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to impacted customers. For more information click here.

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king kaos - 1/10/2014 9:02 AM
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At the end of the day Target is still the best store in its class. Walmart robs you every time you shop thier, Target is better as far as customer service, cleanliness, pricing, EVERYTHING. Data breaches happen all the time, its a fact of the digital age(this coming from a tech guy that works with data all the time), for whatever reason they decided to make a huge deal out of this one rather than the more damning ones like Chases recent breach of 50Mil that was much worse as it had SSNs involved... Change your PIN and your good, if you are worried they will take care of you as they always do. Based on how this went down, to me it looks like an inside job, too much went too fast for it to be external, my advice to Target; look at your IT folks starting with the DBAs and then the Security guys. Someone knows something for this to happen as it did! Just sayin...
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