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Carmel man says PIN number hacked in Target security breach

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Retail giant Target now confirms secret PIN numbers were included in the information that was stolen during a holiday security breach.

When Target first announced a security breach took place between November 27th and December 15th, the retailer said there was no indication PIN numbers were compromised

Friday though, Target said its investigation determined that strongly encrypted PIN data was removed from their system during the data breach incident.

Christmas may be over, but Tom Ardizone is still enjoying the holidays with family and friends at home in Carmel.

That's not what his credit card is showing though.

"I log onto my account and I saw that about 200 dollars had been taken out, out of some place from England," explained Ardizone of the surprise he got Saturday morning.

"I wasn't in England," he added.

Ardizone though, was at Target during the past month, where along with millions of others, his credit card information was compromised during a massive security breach.

"I thought I was safe because it was used as a debit. It had a pin. I didn't realize that the pins had been compromised as well," said Ardizone.

Target announced Friday, that's just what happened.

Then Adrizone got an e-mail from Visa.

"It just says that I had successfully changed my pin for my Indiana debit card," said Ardizone, re-reading the e-mail he got Saturday morning.

"I actually came down and said to my wife, ' I think my card got hacked because I got an email saying that my pin was changed' and I hadn't changed it," Adrizone recalled.

"I got the account frozen and cut up the credit card," he added.

Ardizone also ordered credit score monitoring to avoid any more surprises.

"I don't want to have something opened up in my name and six months later, get a default notice in the mail or something," said Ardizone.

Ardizone still doesn't know what the hackers bought with his numbers.

"Maybe I bought a round for the house. I'm not sure," he said laughing, although what happened does not give him much reason to smile.

He's not waiting for there to be a next time.

"I thought it was safe. Shame on Me," said Ardizone.

"I probably should have been more pro-active and changed the pin or called the card actually and had a new one issued is what I should have done," he added.

Instead, Adrizone is now filling out a fraud claim to get what money back he can.

Ardizone also said he plans to sign up for the credit monitoring Target is offering customers whose information was compromised.

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