Report:Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs

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A customer signs a credit card statement next to a scanner in a Target store on December 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between November 27 and December 15 may have been stolen.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

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Posted on December 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 1:56 PM

Target is denying a report that the hackers who accessed up to 40 million credit and debit cards during the holiday shopping season also were able to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs).

Reuters reported
the news Wednesday, citing a senior payments executive familiar with the situation.

A Target spokesperson said no encrypted PIN data was accessed and there was no evidence PIN data had been compromised.

The breach that exposed the credit card and debit card information of as many as 40 million Target customers who swiped their cards between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 is still under investigation. It's unclear how the breach occurred.

Related: Experts' advice for Target data breach victims
 

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