Tags: target | sued | data | breach

Target Sued Over Data Breach That May Have Compromised 40M Customers

Friday, 20 Dec 2013 04:43 PM

By Ken Mandel

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Target Corp. is being sued by a Christmas shopper who claims she may have been exposed to identify theft as a result of the security breach acknowledged by the discount retailer.

Filed on Thursday, the federal lawsuit by California resident Jennifer Kirk alleges that stolen data may allow for the counterfeiting of credit cards and could reveal customers' personal codes for debit cards. Target said Thursday that information was stolen from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 — which potentially affects up to 40 million customers — and notified authorities and financial institutions.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"Target failed to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature and scope of the information compromised in the data breach," the complaint against Target alleges, according to Bloomberg News.

Target, which operates nearly 1,800 stores in the U.S., said the incident occurred when a computer virus infiltrated the terminals at registers where shoppers swipe their credit or debit cards to purchase items.

Kirk seeks to represent other affected customers in a class-action lawsuit. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder declined comment to Bloomberg News.

TJX Companies, which operates T.J. Maxx and Marshall's stores, was the victim of the largest security breach, in 2006. That one affected more 94 million domestic and international accounts with credit card, debit card ,and check information, including 65 million Visa customers. Ten months later, Visa reported between $68 million and $83 million in fraud-related losses to banks and other institutions.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

'Bachelor' Creator Arrested for Disturbing the 'Baywatch' Peace

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 07:07 AM

"The Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss was arrested this week on disturbing the peace charges for bothering his California n . . .

Walmart PS4 Trick Shut Down; No More $90 Gaming Consoles

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 06:20 AM

Walmart has closed a price-matching loophole that caused the giant discount chain to be tricked into selling the popular . . .

Darren Wilson Expects No Grand Jury Charges, Says Police Union

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 05:33 AM

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident he won't face criminal charges from a gran . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved