Today, Target announced that hackers stole more guest information, separate from the payment card data previously disclosed, than it has previously acknowledged. As part of its investigations into the data breach, which occurred over a longer period late last year than originally proposed, Target determined that hackers had acquired information including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses, of up to 70 million individuals.
Much of this data is partial in nature, the retailer noted, but it added that, in cases where Target has an email address, it would attempt to contact affected guests. Any communication will include tips to guard against consumer scams, it noted. Guests will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach, according to Target.
“I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken, and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and CEO, in discussing the data breach. “I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team.”