American hackers steal PIN codes and card numbers of 40 million people
American retail chain Target reported that hackers stole not only credit and debit cards numbers of tens of millions of its customers but also the PIN codes for these cards.
At the same time, the Target representative Molly Snyder said that «PINs were stolen in an encrypted form, which means there is no threat for the bank accounts of the clients,» reports ITAR-TASS news agency.
According to the trade group, other important information was stolen too — names of the cardholders, cards’ expiration date and the «security code» indicated on the opposite side of the card.
As Target (Minneapolis, Minnesota) previously reported, hackers got the details of some 40 million people who have made purchases from November 27 to December 15 this year. The shop network immediately notified the US authorities about the incident and is currently investigating the incident jointly with the representatives of the US Secret Service and Justice Department.
Target is the third-largest US retail network, with 1,900 stores across the country. According to experts, current leakage of personal data is the second largest in the country’s history.
In 2005-2006, cybercriminals got the information about 94 million credit cards used by customers of TJX, another major US trading network.