Inside the Target Security Breach

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  • The Largest Security Breach in the Nation
  • Target
  • What Went Wrong?
  • How Do Credit and Debit Cards Work?
  • What Type of Information Is Stored on a Credit or Debit Card?
  • Is the Magnetic Strip Easy for Hackers to Decode?
  • Is Credit Card Security an Issue?
  • What Is Target Doing About the Security Breach?
  • Chase Enforces Limit for Card Holders
  • Card Companies Monitor for Fraud
  • Breach Prompts Federal Investigation
  • Secret Service Vows to Get to the Bottom of it
  • Target Shoppers File Suit
  • Is The U.S. an Easy Target?
  • What Do I Do If My Card Was Hacked?
  • The Future of American Credit and Bank Cards


Target broke the trust of more than 40 million customers who visited the store from Black Friday through Dec. 15 when it announced on Dec. 20 that credit and debit card information and possibly the social security numbers were at risk of being exposed to hackers. The security breach marked the largest of its kind in America.

(Photo: REUTERS/Anthony Bolante)

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