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Target: Breach affects an additional 70 million customers

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  • ALERT: Massive credit, debit card breach at Target

    ALERT: Massive credit, debit card breach at Target

    Thursday, December 19 2013 12:26 PM EST2013-12-19 17:26:59 GMT
    Federal authorities are investigating a potential security breach at one of the country's largest big-box retail stores - Target. Target says a security breach that involves stolen credit and debit cardMore >
    Federal authorities are investigating a nationwide security breach at one of the country's largest big-box retail stores - Target.

    The retailer says the breach started the day before Thanksgiving and ended this Sunday, December 15.
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19 Action News employee Jessica Donelson shops at Target several times a month.

Her bank recently sent her this letter and will issue her a new debit card because she was identified as "at risk.'

Thieves could have potentially got their hands on credit and debit details along with names, phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses.

"I'm pretty concerned because I hear that all the numbers and all the information is for sale on the black market," Jessica Donelson.

Jessica has an app on her phone that shows her all her daily transactions.

She's kept a close eye out for anything that doesn't look right.

"I started using that more frequently to make sure that every transaction going through was on that I had actually made," says Donelson.

Despite the target fiasco Jessica says she'll still shop at the store because she likes the prices and products like with anyplace she says you just have to be more careful.

 "I heard this happening at restaurants and other stores.  It's just a reminder to be vigilant about your accounts," says Donelson.

Target is now offering credit card monitoring and identity theft protection details on how you can enroll will be released next week.

Target's recent data breach was even bigger than originally believed.

The company said Friday hackers accessed information belonging to 70 million customers,  including names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Target says this is separate from the credit and debit card data stolen.

However, the retailer says it is all part of the same breach.

It was discovered as part of the investigation into the theft of card information.

Target had previously said 40 million shoppers had their credit and debit card information stolen in the weeks following Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, Target is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for its guests.

The service, which will be available to all guests who shopped their U.S. stores, will include a complimentary credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance where available, and access to personalized assistance.

For more information -- credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

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