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Target Data Breach Worse than Previously Thought

Updated: 01/10/2014 2:12 PM
Created: 01/10/2014 8:20 AM WDIO.com

NEW YORK (AP) - Target says more people than it first thought were affected by a data breach it revealed last month, and more kinds of personal information have been compromised.

The nation's second-largest discount chain says an investigation has found that hackers stole personal information from as many as 70 million customers.

Last month, the company said the breach affected about 40 million credit and debit cards used in its stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. It now says shoppers who made purchases outside that time frame could have been targeted.

Target originally said thieves obtained customers' names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, PINs and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on the back of cards. It now says information stolen also includes phone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses.

The company says customers won't be liable for the cost of any fraudulent charges stemming from the breach. And it says it will offer a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to people who shopped at its stores.

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