10 Jan 2014

Target Data Breach Affected 70 Million People, Retailer Reveals

Some 70 million people had their names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses stolen through card swiping devices placed in Target US stores, the US retailer has announced.

Target revealed the information in an update on its website that disclosed partial results of its ongoing investigation of the data breach from December 2013. Target says it will notify affected customers whose emails addresses are available and will include safety tips to help them identify any future scams.

“I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,” said Gregg Steinhafel, president and CEO of Target. “I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team.”

Target adds that customers will not be held responsible for any fraudulent charges made as a result of the breach. The company also offers one year of free credit and identity protection services.