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Target: Customers' encrypted PINs were obtained

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Target officials said customers' encrypted PIN data was removed during the data breach that occurred earlier this month.

The company issued a statement Friday that additional forensic work showed that encrypted PIN data was removed along with customers' names and card numbers.

Target officials said its believed the PIN numbers are still safe because the information was strongly encrypted. Officials said the PIN can only be decrypted when received by its independent payment processor.

A PIN number is the personal identification code used to make secure transactions on a credit or debit card.

Data connected to about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target were stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

Minneapolis-based Target said it is still in the early stages of investigating the breach.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times