Pin numbers stolen in Target security breach
New information tonight for people caught in the wake of a credit card hacking that's already put millions of shoppers at risk. Target now confirms that secret pin numbers were included in the information that was stolen during a December security breach.
When target first announced a security breach took place between November 27th and December 15th, the retailer said there was no indication that pin numbers were compromised. On Friday, however, Target said its investigation determined that "strongly encrypted pin data was removed from our system during the data breach incident."
Tim Maniscalo/Better Business Bureau said, "It's just one other level of security that someone who has information may be able to get and may be able to get into your account."
Target issued a statement saying, "Your debit card account has not been compromised due to the encrypted pin numbers being taken." The retailer says the files are protected by the most secure encryption and that target never had access to the encryption "key" required to open or read the pin files.
The president of the Better Business Bureau recommends checking your account for unusual activity.
"It's always a good idea to go directly to the site of your credit card holder to the bank. Don't access it from an email they send you. Get out of that email and go directly to the site on the web." Maniscalo said.
Target says concerned customers should contact their bank and change your pin.
Maniscalo recommends going one step further, "I think it's a good idea the banks are issuing new credit cards. I think that's a good precaution."
The Better Business Bureau says not to panic. They say you won't be liable for the fraudulent charges. They also recommend you monitor your credit card statements, report any fraudulent charges and keep your receipts.