Retailer Target says data breach hit up to 110m customers
NEW YORK (AFP) - Giant United States (US) retailer Target said on Friday that up to 110 million customers have had their personal data stolen in a data breach, sharply raising its initial estimate.
The number of people affected represented one in three Americans, and the scope of the information stolen was much broader than originally thought, Target admitted.
Target initially reported on Dec 19 that payment card data of some 40 million customers had been obtained by hackers during the year-end holiday shopping season.
The stolen information included credit and debit card data, customer names and PIN (personal identification data) numbers.