Target Data Breach Affected 70M, Much More Than Earlier Estimates
Target revealed that the breach affected 70 million customers, an increase from earlier estimates of 40 million.The Target data breach, which the U.S. retail giant first reported Dec. 9, is now significantly larger than first disclosed. In a public statement issued Jan. 10, Target revealed that the personal information of 70 million customers was stolen in the breach that occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Target had initially reported that 40 million credit and debit cards accounts were affected. "As part of Target's ongoing forensic investigation, it has been determined that certain guest information—separate from the payment card data previously disclosed—was taken during the data breach," Target stated. The expanded number of affected customers from the Target breach follows a similar pattern to what happened with the TJX data breach in 2006. TJX initially reported that 46 million of its customers were affected by data breach and then later expanded the number to 96 million as the forensic investigation into the incident continued in 2007.
"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," Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and CEO, said 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."