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Target Confirms Pin Data Stolen

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Target now admits pin data was lifted during the massive security breach between November 27th and December 15th.

Earlier this week, the store denied a Reuters report that said debit card pin data may have been among the information stolen during the hacking incident.

In a statement, the retailer said "through additional forensics work, we were able to confirm that strongly encrypted pin data was removed."

Rod Wheeler, crime analyst, says,"Once they unencrypt that data, that means that every bodies credit card accounts and bank accounts are potentially vulnerable to being used, to be hacked by these individuals."

Overnight, a second credit card heist was reported- this time hitting a group of upscale Boston restaurants.

In a statement, the briar group says between October and November of this year, hackers stole tens of thousands of credit card account numbers from its location in the Boston convention center.

Meanwhile, Target is reassuring its customers their pin numbers are "safe" and "secure" saying "the pin information was fully encrypted at the keypad, and remained encrypted when it was removed from our systems."

Wheeler adds, "Those systems can be compromised relatively easy and while the store says it "does not have access to nor does it store the encryption key."

Some banks like J P Morgan and Chase are putting limits on cash withdrawals and debit card purchases of affected customers.

Another complication for a company trying to protect its customers and its image.

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