As you may have heard from the copious news coverage (including our own post this morning
) Target’s stores in the US were the target of a security breach which has given criminals access to the data from the magnetic strips on customers’ credit and debit cards. This data includes the customer’s name, credit or debit card number, the card’s expiration date and CVV (the three-digit security code).
Indications are that this breach began near the end of November, though some sources say it may have begun as early as mid-November, and it was closed on December 15. If you shopped in a Target store during that period of time, you may be wondering how to identify or mitigate problems caused by this breach.