Target Hack Affected Up to 70M Shoppers

Target Black Friday

Target on Friday revealed some more details about the recent mega hack of encrypted customer payment card data.

In addition to nabbing 40 million credit and debit card numbers, as was previously disclosed, the hackers managed to steal the personal information of up to 70 million individuals, Target said. That includes customers’ names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Target said much of the stolen data is ”partial in nature,” but promised it will attempt to contact everyone whose email address has been compromised. The company said it will provide tips to guard against scams, and warned that it will not ask guests to provide any personal information as part of its communication, so be on the lookout for phishing emails.

”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,” Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president, and CEO of Target, said in a statement. ”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.”

The company said customers will have ”zero liability” for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach. Target is now offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to any individual who has shopped at its U.S. stores. The company promised additional details next week, but you’ll have three months to enroll in the program. To learn more, head over to Target’s website.

Target first disclosed the breach last month, noting it affected those who used credit or debit cards in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 to Dec. 15. The retailer said it has since ”identified and resolved” the problem and alerted affected financial institutions.

For more, check out What To Expect After the Target Card Data Breach.