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Target: Customers' Encrypted PINs Were Obtained

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Target says that customers' encrypted PIN data was removed during the data breach that occurred earlier this month.
 
The company issued a statement Friday that additional forensic work has shown that encrypted PIN data was removed along with customers' names and card numbers. But Target says it believes the PIN numbers are still safe because the information was strongly encrypted. It says the PIN can only be decrypted when received by its independent payment processor.
 
A PIN number is the personal identification code used to make secure transactions on a credit or debit card.
 
Data connected to about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target were stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. 
 
Minneapolis-based Target says it is still in the early stages of investigating the breach. 

Meanwhile, a civil rights lawyer says the American Civil Liberties Union is very disappointed that a New York judge has found that a government program that collects millions of Americans' telephone records is legal.
 
Attorney Brett Max Kaufman said the ACLU will appeal Friday's ruling by federal Judge William Pauley in Manhattan. The judge concluded that the program was legal and a valuable part of the nation's efforts to combat the threat of terrorism. The judge said the phone collection program only works because it collects everything.
 
Kaufman said he hopes a federal appeals court in New York agrees with the reasoning of a Washington D.C. federal judge who concluded earlier this month that the program violates the Constitution. 

For further questions you can contact Target at (866) 852-8680.

And you can report suspected fraud at www.consumer.gov/idtheft

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