Indiana attorney general looking into Target data breach
Target's data breach now involves 70 million customers, the retail giant revealed Friday. Indiana's attorney general says his office is participating in a multi-state investigation of the breach.
"Target can claim to be victim of a criminal act of hacking but they also must accept the responsibility that flows from their maintaining a database of customer marketing data collected through each card swipe or online purchase. Retailers that hold vital consumer information and profit from it have an especially important obligation to protect that data. The Office of the Attorney General as the consumer protection agency will continue to review Target's data-collection practices in light of this loss of public trust during the holiday shopping season," Indiana attorney Greg Zoeller said.
Target says the breach occurred between mid-November and mid-December and included approximately 70 million customers, in addition to the 40 million customers previously announced. According to the company, stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. The retailer announced it is also offering free credit monitoring to its shoppers.
See tips on protecting yourself from identity theft and fraud. You can sign up for a security freeze that will prevent someone from opening up a line of credit in your name without your permission.
If Target has your email address and your data was affected by the breach, Target will contact you. Target will not ask for any personal information as part of that communication.
Customers will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach. To provide further peace of mind, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests who shopped our U.S. stores.
You will have three months to enroll in the program. Additional details will be shared next week. To learn more, please go to target.com/databreach.