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News Massive Target credit/debit card security breach

  1. Dec 20, 2013 #1


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    My bank has a notice of this on their website this morning, they have automatically canceled all cards for anyone that made a purchase at Target during this period.

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  3. Dec 20, 2013 #2
    Seems like a pretty common occurrence these days. I use a CC for just about everything these days for the reward points.
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    Whew. Last I shopped there was November 26, the day before the theft. I used my debit card and I've been checking my account for mischief but it looks fine so far.

    In general, I like Target.
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    It would he hard for them to start funneling out of the accounts right now, they're probably selling them on the black market right now.
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    If the USA wants to stick with third-world card technology like security codes stored in magnetic stripes, you get what you deserve.

    With chip-and-PIN cards, either you have to guess the PIN number, and if you want to use the card on the web you need to guess the owner's password check, done direct with the card issuing company not the website you are buying from. And if the card owner resets the PIN to 1234 and the password to "password", they can't blame anybody except themselves! (And the card issuing company would probably refuse to let you use that password anyway)
  7. Dec 21, 2013 #6


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    Our nearest Target is 30 miles away. The last time we bought something there was in late September, so we're safe from this particular attack.

    I check all our credit card and bank accounts at least once a week. I've had credit cards compromised a couple of times in the last few years, with new cards issued to replace them. Also our state Department of Revenue system was hacked last year, and we paid our state income tax by direct withdrawal from our joint checking account, so that account is vulnerable. So far there have been no problems, but we now keep only a small amount of money in that account, just in case.
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  9. Dec 23, 2013 #8


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    Be weary of where you shop.
  10. Dec 30, 2013 #9


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    BTW, your credit reports are available FREE from each of the three credit bureaus once each year. The official site is "www.annualcreditreport.com" [Broken]. I spread my three reports out and order one in January, May and September so that I never have more than a 4 month window between reports. Don't try to go to the individual credit sites because they will only offer your report for a fee and try to push unnecessary services on you.

    if you need motivation, consider it a good New Year's resolution.
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  11. Jan 2, 2014 #10
    I had my SS# stolen 3 years back. I've had credit monitoring ever since.
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