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Remember When Target Got Hacked A Few Weeks Ago?

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Well it just got worse. Oops!




Yesterday 9:46am

Target Hackers Also Swiped Personal Info of 70 Million Customers

So remember a few weeks ago when Target admitted that hackers had swiped the data of 40 million customers, but no one needed to worry because it was all encrypted? Well, Target’s starting to realize that quite a bit more data was swiped than it previously thought—specifically, the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 70 million customers. Whoops.

This revelation comes in addition to the original 40 million customers who had their payment card data compromised, though all of it is part of the same breach. According to Target, most of the data is “partial in nature,” but at least for cases in which Target does have an email address available, the company will be contacting affected parties.

Partial or not, though, this is a massive amount of information, and it seems that the hackers behind the breach are making the most of their haul. According to CNet, the post-Target-hack black market landscape has seen a 10- to 20-fold increase in stolen cards. Fortunately for those who have had that level of personal information compromised, Target promises that “guests will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach.” Still, each update in the case has proved worse and worse for consumers, so hopefully, this is the full extent of the damage—because it is a lot of damage. [Target via CNet]


~Steve~                                             H/T   Prinny

I’ve added a comment from story because I thought it was pretty funny.

Zero liability is great for any actual costs incurred. But what about my stress levels? And the increased stress leads to increased cortisol which leads to weight gain which leads to depression as people reject me for not having a magazine cover body. So thanks to Target I’m going to be stressed, fat, and depressed and will require medications which will have side effects (setting up for my second lawsuit). And its all directly related to Target’s poor network and server security practices. Their “zero liability” promises don’t cover the results of the stress they’ve caused me. Hence my lawsuit… Sorry, its not really my fault. I’m from CA originally and in CA we sue for anything and everything. I guess its just part of my nature now to start laying the groundwork for the possibility of a lawsuit anytime anything happens that I don’t like or don’t agree with.
(BTW: if you thought my original post was at all serious, than I think you’re the one that may need to settle down a bit…)

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