Target says PINs were also swiped

ATLANTA (AP) -- It's something else to worry about if you used a debit card at Target during the time it was targeted by electronic thieves. The discount chain says PINs from debit-cards are among the bits of information that were stolen from millions of customers who shopped Target earlier this month. The ID numbers are the ones customers type into keypads to make secure transactions. But Target says those numbers are encrypted throughout the transaction -- and this should reduce the risk to customers. Besides the PINs, critical information like customer names, credit and debit numbers, card expiration dates and the codes on the magnetic strip on the back of cards were stolen from about 40 million cards used at Target between November 27 and December 15. It's the second largest theft of card accounts in U.S. history.


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