MCDANIEL TO INVESTIGATE TARGET SECURITY BREACH
LITTLE ROCK --- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he has launched an investigation into the Target Corp. security breach, joining other state attorneys general who have started similar investigations.
The retail giant said last week that hackers had stolen credit card and debit card information from shoppers that had made credit or debit card purchases at its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Target said approximately 40 million accounts were compromised.
“My office is actively investigating the cause of this breach and its impact on consumers in Arkansas, and we want to know exactly how many individual Arkansans are at risk. We are working to hold accountable those who are responsible, as are other states and the federal government,” McDaniel said. “As we work to identify what went wrong, I encourage affected consumers to diligently review their bank statements or credit card statements and immediately report to their account provider any unusual or unauthorized activity."
McDaniel said officials with Target Corp. have told attorneys general that information contained on magnetic strips on the back of credit or debit cards had been stolen. That includes the name of the account holder, the account number and expiration date. No Social Security numbers have been compromised.
Target is working with card-issuing banks to inform the banks of accounts that may have been compromised. Consumers will not be liable for unauthorized charges.
McDaniel encouraged all consumers to review bank and credit-card statements regularly and to monitor their credit reports. Consumers may obtain a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major credit bureaus. Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain a free report.
In the event consumers who shopped at Target notice irregular activity on their bank or credit-card statements, they should notify the card issuer immediately and request a replacement card.
For more information about protection against security breaches and identity theft, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.