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Target: customer PINs stolen during credit, debit card security breach

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Target announced customers' personal identification numbers (PIN) were also stolen during a security breach that affected 40 million customers.

This comes one day after the retail giant said the PINs were not compromised when hackers stole customers' debit and credit card numbers and names linked to those accounts.

Merissa Kogutt shops at the Target on North Druid Hills Rd. in Atlanta.

"I haven't noticed anything. I've been watching my credit card. I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary," said Kogutt.

Kogutt said the breach frightened her.

"I was scared the first day. I heard the news because I had just gone to Target," said Kogutt. "Then I saw nothing weird came up on my credit card. I wasn't really so concerned."

Kogutt stopped shopping at Target when the security breach was announced. Friday was her first day back.

Initially Target said customer's personal identification numbers or PINs were not stolen.

Friday it released information stating that data was compromised, but Target believes the PINs are still safe because the information is strongly encrypted.

A spokeswoman issued this statement:

"We remain confident that PINs are safe and secure. The PIN information was fully encrypted at the keypad, remained encrypted within our system, and remained encrypted when it was removed from our systems."

According to Target, the PINs can only be decrypted with a key held by an independent payment processor.

Target shopper Chris Roth is still skeptical.

"Well, yea as far as they know, whoever did it doesn't have it, but they were smart enough to rip off 40 million people's credit card information chances are they might have thought of that," said Roth.

Target, the Secret Service and Dept. of Justice are all investigating the breach.

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