The Secret Service is investigating a credit card data breach which reportedly has to do with the retailer Target. Hackers have breached the security barrier of Target which has potentially placed millions of people’s credit card information at risk.
Brian Leary, spokesperson for the Secret Service, confirmed that there was indeed an ongoing investigation into the data security breach but he declined to comment at length regarding specifics.
The confirmation of the investigation was in response to reports by security researcher Brian Krebbs who reported that there had been a security breach with the retailer Target, taking place around Black Friday, that meant potentially millions of people’s credit card data might now be at risk. With recent comments coming from Leary on behalf of the Secret Service, Krebbs’ suspicion and report has been confirmed. An investigation is underway.
The extent of the damage caused to Target shoppers by the breach is not yet known, however American Express and Discover have made statements hinting that they are aware of the issue and have measures in place to mitigate the situation. Mastercard and Visa declined to respond to requests for information, and an American Express spokesperson also declined to comment at length, simply stating that there was an ongoing investigation looking into the events.
The reported breach, according to Krebbs, appears not to impact Target’s online shoppers, but focused on local shoppers. One major concern is that the breach may have allowed thieves to clone cards which could allow them to access ATM accounts if they managed to acquire PIN numbers.
By Daniel Worku