As the Target Corporation investigates the payment data breach that affected their customers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, new information is coming to light about how much information actually was stolen and the number of customers affected.
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Initially, Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been compromised, following a busy Black Friday weekend.
On Friday, the company said in a press release that the personal information such as names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of about 70 million customers had also been stolen.
It said this is not a new breach. There may be some overlap between those who had credit card information or personal information stolen, said Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, but it’s unclear by how much.
“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, Target’s chairman, president and CEO, in a statement. “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.”
Most of the personal information taken was partial in nature, and Target will contact affected customers via email.
“This communication will be informational, including tips to guard against consumer scams,” the release said. “Target will not ask those guests to provide any personal information as part of that communication. In addition, guests can find the tips on our website.”
Target is also offering free credit monitoring and and identity theft protection to customers in the United States, open for enrollment during the next three months.
Specific information about this program will be available next week.
Eight Target stores will be closing following weaker-than-expected sales in the fourth quarter following the announcement of the breach, the press release said.
Stores in West Dundee, Ill.; Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, Nev.; Duluth, Ga.; Memphis, Tenn.; Orange Park, Fla. and Middletown and Trotwood, Ohio will be affected.
The two Target locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, on Magic Mountain Parkway in Valencia and Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country, will remain open.
For more information about the breach and the Target Corporation’s response, click here.
Ben Popken, Patrick Rizzo and Matthew DeLuca of NBC News contributed to this report.
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