Target earlier today confirmed that it has experienced a massive data breach, with 40 million customer credit card numbers compromised.  If you’ve shopped at a Target between Black Friday (11/29/13) and 12/15/13, you are at risk.  The best thing to do to protect yourself is to monitor your accounts online, checking every day for any unknown activity.  If you notice any suspicious charges, call your bank immediately.

Target CEO Greg Steinhafel confirmed the breach earlier today, adding, “”Target is working closely with law enforcement and financial institutions, and has identified and resolved the issue.”

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Monitor your credit online using one of these tools.
  • Regularly check your account’s activity online.  If you see any unknown charges, report them immediately.
  • Request a replacement card from your bank.  This will make your current card inactive, which could be a big inconvenience at this time of year.

Further reading :

Target’s Press Release

USA Today

TechCrunch

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