If you shopped at Target on or about Black Friday…You Might Have A Problem…

By on December 19, 2013 6:10:01 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Millions of people who shopped at Target on or around Black Friday (Thanksgiving through December 6th) have probably had their Credit/Debit card info compromised. The Secret Service is investigating.

Apparently some 40,000,000 people may be affected.

You had to have physically shopped at a Target store to have this happen to you.

Please check tour credit/debit report everyday. The longer you let it go, the less likely any fraudulent charges will be forgiven.

Source:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/12/secret-service-investigating-alleged-credit-card-breach-at-target/

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December 19, 2013 8:08:07 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Wow, and people worry about usually only worry about this in connection to online shopping only. Thanks for the heads up.

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December 19, 2013 8:28:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Ryat,
Wow, and people worry about usually only worry about this in connection to online shopping only. Thanks for the heads up.

'Skimming' of credit cards can happen anywhere that they are used.

It's not all that silly to have the smallest 'limit' on them that is practical for you...

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December 19, 2013 9:00:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
'Skimming' of credit cards can happen anywhere that they are used

Indeed. Happened to me once at a gas station, which is another common place for this to happen.

Usually 'skimming' involves one location. This is hugely larger.

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December 19, 2013 9:42:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm so glad I don't have any of those. Too many headaches! Not to mention expensive. Lol

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December 19, 2013 1:36:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Usually 'skimming' involves one location. This is hugely larger.

Ya it looks to me like somebody's data bank got raided.  Again.

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December 19, 2013 1:40:05 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Fortunately I shopped the week before.

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December 19, 2013 2:54:41 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

The skimming may have been happening up to December 15... that seems a very long time for this to go on undetected.

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December 19, 2013 3:00:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DaveRI,


Quoting DrJBHL, reply 3Usually 'skimming' involves one location. This is hugely larger.

Ya it looks to me like somebody's data bank got raided.  Again.

No...not a data bank.

Quoting parrottmath,

The skimming may have been happening up to December 15... that seems a very long time for this to go on undetected.

Because their computer files weren't hacked...it was as if someone intercepted all the 'swipes' on their way to the computer.

 

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December 19, 2013 3:13:44 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

From what I've read on CNN, Target hasn't specified exactly how the breach occurred.

http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/18/news/companies/target-credit-card/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

I'm not surprised that the breach itself happened, there are always those trying to do these things out there. What does surprise me that it could have happened for nearly three weeks:

- from targets standpoint: it shows a flaw in their system;

- from the thieves standpoint: it just increases the probability of getting caught.

I must Thank you DrJHBL for bringing this to my attention. I do hope that the investigation leads to some better precautions on these systems, not to mention the capture of the thieves themselves.

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December 19, 2013 7:36:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

They pretty much just sat there with a bucket and waited on the data transmissions didn't they.

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December 24, 2013 9:15:32 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Guess I don't feel so 'ancient' now.  i pay with cash for everything, except for the very few on line purchases I make (like at StarDock).  Why?  The convenience of having so many purchases run through a massive electronic data system (credit/debit cards) etc also entails a very significant and increased risk that things may go awry.  Both stealing your money, and tracking you activities to improve 'their' profile of you are things I seek to minimize.  I admit I am not skilled enough to go head to head with all the scammers, cons, and corporate entities that strive to separate me from my money.  So I limit their reach.  I dread the day when cash is eliminated and all monies are digital (stored on cards/accounts somewhere 'out there' in the web/cloud/NSA servers). 

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December 24, 2013 10:08:48 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Class action lawsuits have started...................That's no surprise and its reported that Target sales are showing a 4% drop.

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December 24, 2013 6:12:02 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Leo the Lion,
Class action lawsuits have started

If only the lawyers would pursue the hackers with the same fervor that they leap upon the open wound.

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December 24, 2013 7:06:52 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Jafo,


It's not all that silly to have the smallest 'limit' on them that is practical for you...

 

It kind of is, actually. Found that out the hard way last year. I intentionally had a secondary credit card with a relatively low limit for use with institutions I was less trusting of, under the assumption that the card could not be used beyond that limit.

That assumption proved false, the card remaining usable and the only significance of the lower limit turned out to be that I get charged for going over the limit that much sooner. So in my experience, choosing to have a lower limit serves no purpose whatsoever.

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December 24, 2013 7:41:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

UpdateTarget hackers stole encrypted bank PINs - source:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/24/uk-target-databreach-exclusive-idUKBRE9BN0L420131224

 


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January 2, 2014 2:26:35 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

It just keeps getting better and better for poor old Target - http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/target-gift-cards-not/2014/01/02/id/544740

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January 2, 2014 3:20:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

^ yup. Damned criminals. Sick of them.

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