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Data Breach Affects Millions Of Target Customers

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A data breach of credit and debit cards may have affected millions of Target customers during the busiest holiday shopping days of the year.

More than 40-million Target shoppers may have had their credit card information stolen. Store officials said customers who made purchases using their cards between November 27 and December 15 could have had their information exposed.

The hackers stole data from the magnetic strips on the back of the credit cards. Tech experts said if your information was stolen, you should not be worried.

"The banks and card brands offer consumers a great deal of protection," said Charles Henderson, SpiderLabs at Trustwave Director. "So, while you may be without a credit card for a few days and have a lot of paperwork to deal with, at the end of the day you'll be taken care of."

And that's exactly how Bozeman Target shoppers feel.

"I'm really not worried. I shop at Target all the time and I figure they would notify me if there was anything going on," said Eden Potratz, Target shopper.

"I'm honestly not that worried because I feel like there's scares like these all the time. I know that there's evidence that it has happened," said Jackie Johnson, Target shopper.

But, they do say they will be taking precautionary measures.

"I shop at Target all the time and I'm not really going to change that," said Johnson. "I have a Target debit card, so maybe I'll watch my bank account."

"I think I've got good fraud protection on my credit card, so if anything does happen I will find out," said Potratz.

Target is working closely with law enforcement and financial institutions to resolve the issue. They have also teamed up with a third party forensics firm to investigate the matter.

If you suspect there was unauthorized activity on your card, you are asked to call 866-852-8680.

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