WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Wednesday that
federal authorities were investigating the data breach involving retail
"The Department of Justice takes seriously reports
of any data breach, particularly those involving personally identifiable
or financial information, and looks into allegations that are brought
to its attention,'' Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
we generally do not discuss specific matters under investigation, I can
confirm the department is investigating the breach involving the U.S.
retailer, Target. And we are committed to working to find not only the
perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches - but also any individuals
and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud.''
stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers in the
pre-Christmas data heist. They also took personal information -
including email addresses, phone numbers, names and home addresses - of
another 70 million people.
Minneapolis-based Target says it is working with the Secret Service and the Justice Department in response to the data breach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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