Target says PIN numbers were taken in data breach

MINNEAPOLIS -- In just over one week's time, Target has become a bulls eye for angry consumers.

As a result, a handful of lawmakers are now calling on the Federal Trade Commission to hold the Minnesota company accountable for the data breach now known as one of the largest in U.S. history.

On Friday, Target unveiled the fact that strongly encrypted PIN data was removed in this attack.

"Where do the thieves go? Where do they rob? They rob where there is money," said S. Massoud Amin, Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota.

What does that mean?

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

What does Target mean by that?

"The risk of breaking this code is somewhere else. Not in Target. Either during the transfer or at the external part that holds the key," Amin said.

The questions now mount for the 40 million customers affected cautiously peeking at their bank accounts daily to see if their data is turned into false credit sold on the black market.

And the word from Target is this.

"The most important thing for our guests to know is that their debit card accounts have not been compromised due to the encrypted PIN numbers being taken."


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