Target Confirms That Customers’ PIN Data Stolen

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December 27, 2013 3:48pm PST

More bad news for U.S. retailer Target Corp. over the massive data breach it experienced earlier this month. The company is now reporting that the PIN data of millions of customers were stolen in the hacking.

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Target confirmed on December 27 that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen in the data breach, but the company thinks that the crooks won’t be able to break the “heavy encryption” of the data and gain access to customers’ accounts.

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In a statement, Target said:

While we previously shared that encrypted data was obtained, this morning through additional forensics work we were able to confirm that strongly encrypted PIN data was removed. We remain confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure. The PIN information was fully encrypted at the keypad, remained encrypted within our system, and remained encrypted when it was removed from our systems.

Target says that the data cannot be unscrambled without the encryption key which, the retailer says, was not stolen during the hacking.

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Despite trying to put a bandaid on this wound by offering a 10 percent discount just before Christmas to try and entice customers back into the stores, Target has suffered a drop in shoppers starting the very day its data troubles was released.

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