Credit Card News
Advertising Disclosure
Credit-Land.com is an independent, advertising-supported web site. Credit-Land.com receives compensation from many credit card issuers whose offers appear on our site. Compensation from our advertising partners impacts how and where their products appear on our site, including, for example, the order in which they may appear within review lists. Credit-Land.com has not reviewed all available credit card offers in the marketplace.
Credit Card Applications » News » Legal » Target Security Breach Compromises 40 Million Cards

Target Security Breach Compromises 40 Million Cards

Add to Favorites:
Target Security Breach Compromises 40 Million Cards
December
23

If you shopped at a Target store between November 27 and December 15, the debit or credit card you used to pay for your purchases is at risk. Up to 40 million accounts may have been compromised in a security breach which affected stores across the United States during the peak season for holiday shopping. Online purchases were not affected.

Target said as of December 19 the problem had been resolved and that customers could continue to use their cards at Target. However, anyone who made a purchase at Target using a debit card or credit card during the 19-day period of the breach should monitor their accounts for suspicious activity.

What to do

If you shopped in a Target store, identify the card you used. Look at receipts or go online to access bank and credit card records if you are unsure whether you made a purchase during this timeframe. Information including customers’ names, credit or debit card numbers, card expiration dates and security codes are all at risk of having been accessed.

If there is any suspicious activity, contact your financial institution right away. If customers are concerned that their account was hacked, it would be wise to order a copy of their credit report. Each of the three major credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax and TransUnion—is required to provide folks with a free copy of their report once a year. Target recommends that affected customers “remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports.”

Who to contact

If consumers have questions about this security breach, they can contact Target at (866) 852-8680 or go to Target.com for more information. They should reach out to their bank if they see unusual account activity.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also has some consumer tips for identity theft victims, including guidance on setting up fraud alerts or putting security freezes on their accounts. They can be contacted at (877) ID-THEFT or go their website for more information on what to do.

Add to Favorites:

Related News:

MasterCard Steps Up Fraud and ID Theft Prevention

By Elizabeth Nelson, Posted: June 17, 2014

In the face of several recent major data breaches and increasing consumer concern about payment security, MasterCard is putting in place new measures to protect cardholders. Continue reading
Kmart and DQ are the Latest Victim of Hackers

By Dar Dowling, Posted: October 15, 2014

Discount retailer Kmart announced that their payment systems were infected by a new form of malware, putting consumers’ credit and debit card information at risk. This latest cyberattack began in early September and was detected on October ... Continue reading
Consumers Still Vulnerable to Data Breaches

By Dar Dowling, Posted: January 08, 2015

With the data breaches at Target, Home Depot and other retail chains still fresh in consumers’ minds, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) is raising the call for national standards to safeguard consumer data. Continue reading
Get the latest news, articles and expert advice delivered to your inbox. It's FREE.
Get 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 21 months. After that, the APR will be 12.24%-22.24% based upon your creditworthiness.
For Excellent/Good Credit
1% cash back on select purchases, terms apply
For Fair Credit
Guaranteed $500 Unsecured Credit Limit
For Bad Credit