Target Data Breach Bigger Than Previously Reported
Between November 27 and December 15, an estimated 40 million Target customers had their credit and debit card account information stolen in a massive data breach. That number has dramatically risen to 110 million with a new disclosure that more customers’ personal data had been stolen (warning: auto-playing video).
While an investigation is ongoing, reports indicate that malware was installed on Target’s post-of-sale registers.
Target is promising to provide a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to affected customers, hopefully starting some time this week. In the meantime, it is always a good practice to check your credit, banking and investment accounts regularly and keep an eye out for unusual account activity. Here are also some very good tips if you believe you may have been affected by this data breach.