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Everything you need to know about the Target data breach

Holiday shoppers stream past each other at a local Target on Thanksgiving. A massive data breach may have affected Black Friday and holiday shoppers in the past few weeks, the retailer announced Thursday

Carolina Hidalgo | Times files

Holiday shoppers stream past each other at a local Target on Thanksgiving. A massive data breach may have affected Black Friday and holiday shoppers in the past few weeks, the retailer announced Thursday

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We like to keep it light and fun over here at Deal Divas. Your haven from stress at work, home, etc, and whatnot.

But let's be honest, we were all a little sickened to wake up to news this morning of a massive data breach at Tar-Jay.

Is something in the water? This seems to be happening a lot, amirite?

Real talk, this is very bad news - for at least 40 million folks whose credit and debit card info may have been exposed. Officials at Target have been putting out info all day long on the situation. Here are the main points:

  • Customers who shopped at the store between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 (i.e. premium holiday shopping season) may have been exposed.
  • Data from both Target brand cards, debit cards and credit cards may have been compromised.
  • Target says it has since fixed the problem, has notified authorities and banks, and is investigating.

We don't know what the odds are that any of our data was swiped -- we missed that day in math class -- but we do know it's always a good thing to be prepared, just in case.

Colleagues are already on the case, with some helpful tips here. Target also has a hotline at 866.852.8680 for people who see suspicious charges.

Looking for a silver lining? Target said the breach did not affect online shoppers. And you know we're all about that.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 5:46pm]

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