Target Sued for Credit Card Hack

Data from up to 40 million customers was put at risk

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Eric Thayer / Reuters

Target was hit with a lawsuit Thursday amid the news that hackers had breached the retailer’s systems and compromised as many as 40 million customers’ credit and debt card data.

The lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court was filed hours after Target acknowledged the hack, which took place between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The lawsuit was filed by a California resident, Jennifer Kirk, who wants to make into a class-action suit representing other Target customers also affected by the data breach, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “Target failed to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature and scope of the information compromised in the data breach,” the complaint reads.

Target hasn’t yet commented on the lawsuit.

The hack was one of the largest credit card breaches in U.S. history, and occurred when a computer virus infected its point-of-sale terminals where shoppers swipe their credit or debit cards. The Secret Service is also investigating the breach.

[Businessweek]

7 comments
ValerieRyder
ValerieRyder

Most articles posted about this hack don't include the Canadians that were affected at our stores . I myself am one of them..and I'm sure there are millions of others that have been too. Luckily I didn't have much in my account at the time, and it has since been re-imbursed, but I'm sure there are others that had thousands taken. Would we be able to participate if there is a class action suit? That is one thing I would want to know. 

IAmEpicOne
IAmEpicOne

That's incredible. It looks like its good business to steal card numbers. There was this company called EpicOne.com that essentially makes credit card data useless to hackers and thieves. The best part is the Epic One card protects all your cards in your wallet with one card. I already contacted my bank when I was asking them to send me a new card because of this Target hack. 

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Every time a robot is enlisted to do the job of a human, an new point of vulnerability emerges. Not to mention the fact that we celebrate 'efficiency" while 20% of Americans are home twiddling their thumbs.


bulzeye1946
bulzeye1946

Since they outsource a lot of work it INDIA  and are not protecting the local Card Swipe machines maybe they need to hire US IT  security firms to  watch the watchers.   I am  more than upset that MY card was used for a huge purchase overseas BUT  my bank caught it in time.

Grin
Grin

If only the security vulnerabilities of electronic 'voting' systems would get as much notice  ...