‚ÄčTarget faces almost two dozen lawsuits

December 27, 2013 - 8:59:55 am
NEW YORK: Target, the second-largest US discount chain, faces almost two dozen lawsuits filed by customers after a computer security breach exposed data on 40 million debit and credit cards.

Customers have filed complaints seeking group, or class-action, status for their suits in state and federal courts from the company’s home state of Minnesota to California and New York. Most accuse Target of failing to protect their private information.

The information obtained during the breach “is a treasure trove for identity theft criminals who could use it to gain access to credit card and other private and valuable information about customers,” one of the plaintiffs, Alfonso E. Alonso III of San Francisco, said in a complaint.

Target said on December 19 that security for the cards may have been breached between November 27 and December 15 during purchases in stores. While the chain said it had identified and resolved the issue, the compromise occurred during the most important period of the year for retailers, with shoppers already showing reluctance to spend. In a statement, Target said it’s unveiling a special website for to communicate with customers.

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