Target offers weekend discount in wake of data breach

By KBJR News 1

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Target is now providing more details into one of the largest credit-card breaches in U-S history, this after the company announced on Thursday that more than 40 million credit and debit card user's accounts may have been compromised.

On Friday, Target CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, called the cyber-attack a crime against Target, the team members, and most importantly, the guests, so in response the company has extended their employee discount of 10% to customers both Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22.

The offer is limited to one in-store transaction per guest.

The Minneapolis-based company says nearly 40 million credit and debit card accounts across the country may have been compromised between November 27 and December 15, including the busiest shopping day of the year Black Friday.

On Thursday, the retailer confirmed that unauthorized access was made to millions of its shoppers accounts during the 19-day period that began the day before Thanksgiving at thousands of stores and some may have been in the Northland.

On Friday, Target corporate said they don't believe any debit card pin numbers were compromised during the 19-day period that began the day before Thanksgiving.

The retailer also says they don't believe the security codes on the front of the cards were breached. Meaning those debit and credit cards that were hacked cannot be used to withdraw cash from ATM or while shopping online.

Customers in the Northland say they are keeping a closer eye on their accounts and using alternate payment methods.

"I wish they would say a little more about it, just what could happen to you and stuff like that, and maybe they could assure us of what precautions they are going to put in place so this won't happen again," said customers Robert and Helga Wallner.

"It's a little concerning, I come here quite a bit for most of my shopping it's the easiest place to go so it's something in the back of my mind, but it's the last minute, but this is the place that I usually go to, so I am paying cash," said customer Phil McLoughlin.

Bank advisors recommend canceling cards that were used during the period.

"We recommend that you close your debit and credit card immediately and most issuers are making that same recommendation. Start with a fresh card, there's too much information out there and this doesn't just go on, if nothing happens in the next two-three weeks, I must be ok, that information will be out there forever. Anybody who picks it up or buys it or sells it has the ability to really screw up your life," said Dale Lewis, president of Park State Bank.

Target Corporation issued the following statement in the wake of the incident saying, "Trust is a top priority and we deeply regret the inconvenience this may cause. The privacy and protection of our guests' information is a matter we take very seriously and we have worked swiftly to resolve the incident."

Target is saying canceling cards may not be necessary until further investigations are complete.

In addition to the weekend discount, Target has also pledged free credit monitoring for affected customers. Those customers would need to contact Target Corporate for assistance.

If you believe your accounts were hacked, you're asked to contact Target corporation in Minneapolis directly at (866) 852-8680 or visit their corporate website.

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