If you shopped at U.S. retailer Target on Black Friday, you may want to pay close attention to the following story from the BBC.
Apparently the payment details from an estimated 40 million credit cards "could have been" stolen after they were used in Target retail stores during the Black Friday holiday shopping rush. The retailer said it was investigating after discovering that thieves had gained access to its payment systems and had been stealing credit card details for almost three weeks. Thieves stole data from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, the retailer believes.
"We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice," said Target boss Gregg Steinhafel in a statement.
Steinhafel added that his company was working with a data forensics firm to work out how the theft occurred. The U.S. Secret Service is also looking into the matter according to multiple reports.
Target said the thieves may have taken credit card info such as numbers, names, expiration dates, and security codes. The retailer urged those who shopped at the store on Nov. 29 to check their credit card records to make sure there aren't any irregularities, although the smartest thing to do is contact your credit card company, cancel the particular card you used and ask them to issue you a new one – just to be safe.