WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A security breach at Target has affected tens of millions of consumers across the country during arguably some of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Today Target said hackers have gotten a hold of more information then the retailer first thought.
From Black Friday to Dec. 15 Target says hackers stole credit and debit card information of 40 million customers.
“With it being right around Christmas time, we were really concerned all of the money would be wiped out of our bank account,” said Olivia Bass-Stafford, a Target shopper in Wilmington.
Friday the retailer said the breach is more extensive than initially though. Now the company says the crooks stole personal info, including names, addresses, e-mails and phone numbers, of 70 million more shoppers.
It is all prompting some Target Red Card holders who have not been affected thus far to keep a close eye on their bank accounts.
“We’re still monitoring it just in case,” Bass-Stafford said.
Alanna McHugh says this is an example why she has never applied for a Target-issued card.
“I just don’t trust security in this day and age. It’s too vunerable,” she said.
Target says the newly-discovered theft is not a new breach, but was uncovered as part of its ongoing investigation.
“My sister-in-law was affected,” Target shopper Kelly Whiteheart said. “That’s when I started thinking maybe I should look into it, but as of now, I haven’t heard anything.”
To give customers peace of mind, Target is offering customers one free year of credit monitoring as well as identity theft protection to all customers who shopped at us stores.
“I think it’s good, and it gives me peace of mind to know that my credit is OK,” Bass-Stafford said.
Target also says customers will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges.
Target says it discovered where the hackers attacked the system and that entry has been closed.
We reached out to Target’s corporate office, but have not heard back yet.