Transcript for Target Confirms Encrypted Personal Data Was Stolen
New, to the new developments in the target data breach, with the company pulling on a about-face, and admitting that p.I.N. Numbers were stolen. What does it mean for target customers? Also, word of another credit card hack. Aditi roy is covering it all from los angeles. Good morning. Good morning, dan. It's been a rough week for target. Now, the retail giant is doling out more bad news to its customers. The company says p.I.N. Data was stolen during its massive security breach. But target is reassuring customers that their p.I.N. Numbers are still safe because they were encrypted. Target now admits p.I.N. Data was lifted during the massive security breach between november 27th and december 15th. Earlier this week, the store denied a reuters report that said debit card p.I.N. Date that may have been among the information stolen during the hacking incident. In a statement, the retailer said through additional forensics work, we were able to confirm that strongly encrypted p.I.N. Date that was removed. Once they remove that date that, that means that everybody's credit card accounts and bank accounts is potentially vulnerable to being used, to being hacked, by these individuals. Reporter: Overnight, a second credit card heist was reported. This time, hitting a group of upscale boston restaurants. In a statement, the breyer group says between october and november of this year, hackers stole tens of thousands of credit card account numbers from its location in the boston convention center. Meanwhile, target is reassuring customers their p.I.N. Numbers are safe and secure. Saying the p.I.N. Information was fully encrypted at the keypad. And remained encrypted when it was removed from our systems. Those systems can be compromised relatively easy. Reporter: The stores say they don't have the encryption key, some banks like jpmorgan chase are putting limits on cash withdrawals and debit card purchases of affected customers. Around the measures target has taken, the retailers has doubled its call center staff to answer customer questions. And offered free credit counseling to customers. Dan and bianna? As you said, a tough week for target. Even tougher for its customers. Couldn't come at a worse time of year for the company. Now, let's check on the
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