CHICAGO,IL – January 10, 2014 – Target has announced that the number of individuals who may have been impacted by their holiday data breach is approximately 110 million compared to the original number of 40 million.
Additionally,the company reports that the hackers also were able to get more information than previously reported with the credit and debit card breach. Target spokespeople revealed that company’s database was also hacked and the names,mailing addresses, and email addresses of its customers were also stolen.
“With the theft of personal information such as email addresses the threat of Identity Theft becomes even greater” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Not only do those who may have been impacted by the original breach need to be concerned that their bank and credit card accounts may be compromised but they now must be prepared to protect their identities as well.”
In addition to monitoring your banking and credit card statements closely the Better Business Bureau recommends:
Be on your guard:
Contact people yourself:
Sign up for fraud monitoring:
Bernas adds, “Identity theft is still the fastest growing white collar crime. The BBB is here for consumers not only when they need help finding a trustworthy business, and also to help protect their identity”.
Go to this link for free information on data breach tips and other consumer resources.
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