Target States number of customers hit by December data breach Could Be up to 70 million or more

Target States number of customers hit by December data breach Could Be up to 70 million or more On Friday Target said, the thieves who stole enormous amounts of credit and debit card information during the holiday season also brushed up names, addresses and phone numbers of 70 million customers.  This information could put victims at greater risk for identity theft.

According to security experts, every small piece of added data helps criminals to come up with more sophisticated tactics for either impersonating victims or tempting them to give up more sensitive information,.

Alarmingly, the 70 million people are now in the crosshairs of the Target breach could soar past 100 million.

Mark Pribish, an identity theft expert and vice-president with Merchants Information Solutions, Inc. in Phoenix said, "It's a game changer." He said, "They still don't have a handle on it," about the big box retailer's security breach of customers' personal information.

Are there any protections for consumers, considering potentially a third of American's have now been affected by the hack?

The laws on the books in Arizona may not go far enough to protect the residents.  It's not clear yet how many Arizonans have been affected by this breach, but the number could be huge.  Arizona Federal Credit Union reports 20 percent, or 20,000 of its 100,000 total card holders had their personal information stolen due to the Target breach.

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