Target: 40 million card accounts may be breached

Target is grappling with a data security nightmare that threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company’s busiest time of year, according to our news partner, the Seattle Times.

The nation’s second largest discounter said Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Target has locations in Lynnwood, Everett, Northgate and Seattle.

The chain said customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.

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