Credit and debit cards compromised at Target stores

Credit and debit cards compromised at Target stores
Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a recent data breach.

PORTLAND, Ore. – There has been an apparent massive security breach of credit and debit cards at Target stores nationwide.

The Secret Service confirms it is investigating but won't say anything else.

According to Krebs on Security, a security industry blog, information on at least one million cards was stolen before Target discovered it.

It apparently started on Black Friday.

Some data security experts say the breach doesn't affect people who shopped through Target's online site.

The blog says the information was taken with software installed on the machines you swipe at the checkout counter.

According to the blog, the breach not only involved “skimming” credit card numbers that could be used to make duplicate cards, but could also involve stealing debit card pin numbers, which would let thieves withdraw money from ATMs.

Target and most credit card companies are not responding to the reports.

American Express says it is putting fraud controls in place.

The data breach could involve any of Target's 1,800 stores nationwide.

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