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Target Credit Card Thieves Also Stole PIN Info

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The thieves who gained access to millions of credit card numbers from Target’s database during the week of Black Friday also stole PIN information, Target said today.

It was suspected but not confirmed until early Friday that the customers whose data had been compromised also had debit information stolen, but a company spokesperson says that info is encrypted.

“We remain confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure,” Molly Snyder said in a statement. “The PIN information was fully encrypted at the keypad, remained encrypted within our system, and remained encrypted when it was removed from our systems.”

However, according to the New York Times, hackers can easily find a way around the encrypted codes and have done so in similar cases in the past. Some of the stolen credit card numbers have already gone up for sale on the black market, and the sale of PIN info could be a thief’s dream if they are able to access ATMs.

The security breach, which lasted from November 27 until December 15, is now the second largest in retail history. Banks around the country are working to get card replacements for their customers, but many have placed a spending limit on them for added security, which can be a headache for the victims.

Target released a statement just after the news broke earlier this month, saying they are working closely with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice. However, no arrests have been made.

“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. We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Target. “We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”

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Target Credit Card Thieves Also Stole PIN Info
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  • Yep

    I will say this … I think all the government people are the ones doing the stealing. We always hear about cyber crime, but we rarely see any trials. I think the people that are collecting all our computer conversation and our phone calls are the ones behind a lot of the “hacking” crimes. They have the means to do it all. They have the motive. They have the opportunity. They also can do it without impunity because at the end of the day, they investigate themselves. Do you really think the NSA will ever expose anyone who is stealing credit card information from American citizens?

    Instead of looking for some pimply faced hacker sitting in his basement or some international hacker in some exotic country. Look squarely at the people doing the most data mining in the world right now. People in the government.

  • http://www.sawdagger.com Syed Saqib

    My viwe about the people is that they are very active and talented in online working .But among them some people are too much talent and they abuse their brain. They hacks and do the crimes , they interfere in our conversation collecting all our information from our phone calls and do crimes.they have worse motive. All these information we came to from this post . Its a great job.But I think online B2B marketplace and , Online virtual trading marketplace are free from crimes.

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