Target has confirmed it is aware of unauthorized access to payment card data that may have impacted some customers making credit and debit card purchases.
Approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013, in the United States.
Target shopper Eduardo Mendez told CBS Atlanta News he shopped at Target during the security breach period.
"Well that's pretty bad especially when you give your trust to them. [When] you go into their business they should be able to give you a more secure system for your credit cards," said Mendez.
The retail giant issued a statement overnight Thursday via its website. It stated that it is working closely with law enforcement and financial institutions, and has identified and resolved the issue.
Target alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately after it was made aware of the unauthorized access.
The company stated that it is putting all appropriate resources behind these efforts. Among other actions, Target is partnering with a leading third-party forensics firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.
"Target's first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any inconvenience this may cause," said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Target. "We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice."
Target shopper Lorraine Polk told CBS Atlanta News that she also shopped during that time.
"It's kind of frightening. I know now it's so much easier for people to just pick up your number with different devices," said Polk.
The breach happened at stores located in the United States. Target has 1,797 stores in the U.S.
Customers who suspect unauthorized activity should contact Target at: 866-852-8680.
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