Target Data Breach May Be Nearly Double Original Estimates

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Originally Target stated that 40 million credit and debit cards may have been impacted by the data breach. Now it may be as many as 70 million.

Target revealed Friday that the pre-Christmas data breach was nearly double the original number of victims.

The company said Friday that as many as 70 million customers were impacted by the hacks and had personal information ranging from phone numbers and emails to credit card numbers and more stolen.

Originally, Target said roughly 40 million credit and debit cards may have been impacted by the data breach from November 27 to December 15.

The company told customers Friday that its investigation of the breach has shown that personal information had also been stolen and more customers were affected.

The company said customers won’t be liable for the cost of any fraudulent charges that stemmed from the breach.

It’s also offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers that shopped at its stores. Individuals will have three months to enroll in the program, which Target said it will provide more details next week.

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