Target: Hack Actually Hit 70M Customers
Store had initially said 40M were impacted
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2014 8:57 AM CST
In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store in Watertown, Mass.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) – Target today said that personal information—including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses—was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That's substantially more customers than the 40 million Target had previously said were affected. "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," CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement.

The chain also indicated its sales have been hurt by the breach, cutting its forecast for fourth-quarter earnings. It also said it now foresees fourth-quarter sales at stores open at least a year will be down about 2.5%; it previously predicted those sales would be about flat.

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Jan 16, 2014 2:19 PM CST
I use to work for Target and personally I don't like target because everything is ridiculously expensive, when you can just go to Walmart for the same thing, and get it for so much cheaper. I'm sure that all of those 70million customers won't be shopping at Target again. That's a lot of people and I'm sure that this will most definitely greatly affect their profits.
Jan 13, 2014 1:29 AM CST
Now Target will have to find cheaper slave labor factories in Asia?
Jan 11, 2014 2:43 AM CST
It was done by Russians, no doubt