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Central New Yorkers on Alert After Target Security Breach

If you made a purchase at Target recently, say during Black Friday or later, you may want to listen-up to this one. The retail giant is divulging shocking news. It says credit card information was stolen from millions of shoppers during some of the busiest shopping days of the year.
If you made a purchase at Target recently, say during Black Friday or later, you may want to listen-up to this one. The retail giant is divulging shocking news. It says credit card information was stolen from millions of shoppers during some of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Retail giant Target says as many as 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.
Target shoppers are on edge. As the retail giant confirms it's investigating a security breach which could compromise the credit and debit card information for 40 million of its retail customers between November 27th and December 15th.
“A lot of people purchase online and I just feel like that's unsafe to do although I do have a debit card that I do purchase things online with but if I don't have the cash in hand I don't buy it,” says Amber Rounds from Hamilton.
The chain says customer information including names, card numbers, expiration dates and security codes may have been compromised and they are advising customers to check their credit card statements carefully. The company says if you suspect any unauthorized activity report it to your credit card companies first and then contact Target as well.
"It's definitely scary, I mean unfortunately for Target it was the hacker's fault but Target should definitely have better security especially when they're handling so many credit cards,” said Joshua Mannarino from Rotterdam.
Target didn't say how the data breach occurred but says the problem has been fixed. Security experts believe the problem may have occurred in the credit card processing software which is not all that common.
"A lot of breaches you hear about you hear data was breached and it turns out it's just a lost laptop with a bunch of people's information on it. Based on the information we're hearing here, it sounds like the actual payment software was hacked with a piece of malware or some other kind of security breach in the actual credit card processing itself, that's not very common."

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