Secret Service investigating Target data breach

Secret Service investigating Target data breach

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NEW YORK (AP) -

The Secret Service says it is investigating a credit- and debit-card data theft at Target stores.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary confirms the agency is investigating, but declined to provide further details.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. did not respond to requests for comment. A MasterCard representative referred questions to Target.

Target has 1,797 stores in the U.S. and 124 in Canada.

READ TARGET STATEMENT BELOW:

MINNEAPOLIS — December 19, 2013

Target today confirmed it is aware of unauthorized access to payment card data that may have impacted certain guests making credit and debit card purchases in its U.S. stores. Target is working closely with law enforcement and financial institutions, and has identified and resolved the issue.

"Target's first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any inconvenience this may cause," said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Target. "We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice."

Approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013. Target alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately after it was made aware of the unauthorized access, and is putting all appropriate resources behind these efforts. Among other actions, Target is partnering with a leading third-party forensics firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.

More information is available at Target's corporate website. Guests who suspect unauthorized activity should contact Target at: 866-852-8680.

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