Target: 70 million people may have been affected by data breach

By KBJR News 1

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Target data breach during the holiday season may have impacted even more people than originally thought.

According to a news release from the Corporate Office today, further investigation has revealed that up to 70 million individuals may have had their names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or e-mails stolen. That's more than the original 40 million reported when the data breach was first revealed.

Target says the company is attempting to contact affected guests.

“I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team.”

Target says they are offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests who shopped at their stores in the U.S. More information is expected to be released next week.

Back in December, Target confirmed an unauthorized access to payment card data between November 27th and December 15th, 2013 that may have impacted up to 40 million customers.

Target continues to investigate how someone was able to hack into their system.

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