December 27th, 2013
07:59 PM ET

Target confirms customer PIN data stolen in massive security breach

Target has confirmed that its customers' debit card PIN data was also stolen during a recent security breach that affected 40 million customers at its retail stores.

That's a turnaround from yesterday, when the company said there were no indications that PIN data had been stolen. In a statement today, Target claimed that the data is "strongly encrypted" and useless to the hackers.

David Kennedy is the CEO of TrustedSec and a so-called "white hat" hacker – one who looks for security flaws in existing systems so they can be closed – and he is OutFront tonight with some perspective on what's going on.

Filed under: Crime • Cyber Security
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  1. marilyn dituri

    i used my card in the target stores and they did get the pin numbers, I just returned from Chase bank and they used my debit card to make some large purchases(in China), thank God Chase was on it! I spent the whole day today to cancel and redirect all my auto-payments.

    January 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply

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