Target Customer Data Security Breach Significantly Worse Than Originally Feared

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CBS San Francisco

NEW YORK (AP) — Target’s pre-Christmas security breach was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company reported last month.

The nation’s second largest discounter said Friday that hackers stole personal information — including names, phone numbers as well as email and mailing addresses — from as many as 70 million customers as part of a data breach it discovered in December.

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Target Corp. disclosed last month 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.

According to the company’s investigation, criminals also took non-credit card related data for some 70 million shoppers who could have made purchases at Target stores outside the late Nov. to mid-Dec. timeframe. Some overlap exists between the two data sets…

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