Customers react to Target security breach

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 12/27 2013 10:29PM

Updated 12/27 2013 10:43PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Target now says says credit and debit card pin numbers were taken.

Target is the second largest discount retailer in the U.S and their computer systems were hacked. Today the company confirmed debit card pin data was taken. The news comes just one day after the company said pin numbers were not compromised, but they believe the pins are still "safe and secure."

WCIA 3 Anthony Antoine spoke to Target Shoppers to get their reactions.

Many of the people I spoke to said they'll continue to shop at the store. Nationally, credit card fraud is becoming very common. More people are choosing to pay with a credit or debit card instead of cash or check. I took a look at what this could mean for card holders in the future.

At the peak of the holiday shopping season everyone looking for a good steal. The perfect gift at the right price,and millions of people spent their money at Target. Computer hacker's had plans to steal credit and debit card information instead. As many as 40 million cards were taken between November 27 and December 15.

A recent study done by the Federal Reserve System says two thirds of all payments made in the us are done by a credit or debit card, that's 67 percent. A major reason --its convenience. You can use it in person, over the phone or on the web.

"I feel like we dont really think about using credit cards and things like that, its just become so common and habitual here that we don't really think about security risks that can happen, says Teresa Tufte a shopper at Target. But it puts customers at high risk. In 2012 over 30 million people reported credit card fraud, totaling over 6 billion dollars.

A spokeswoman from target says the pins are "strongly encrypted" and can only be decrypted with a key held by an independent payment processor. Target says the key wasn't stolen, but Targets not alone.

In April someone installed a code in the credit and debit card system at Schnucks. Over 80 locations were affected. The grocery store found out from customers calling in. Tufte says, "even with today's technology its still something that can happen."

Target says law enforcement officials have launched a forensic and criminal investigation into the breach. They also offered customers a 10 percent discount on their items.

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