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Target Skimming Numbers Reach 70 Million

The retailer originally said 40 million customers had sensitive data stolen, like credit card numbers, debit card PINs and email addresses.

Target announced Friday that a data breach was much more widespread than previously admitted. Credit: Better Business Bureau
Target announced Friday that a data breach was much more widespread than previously admitted. Credit: Better Business Bureau

BY JANE McINNIS & CHRIS HELMS

Remember the 40 million Target customers whose information was breached over the holiday shopping season?

That number is closer to 70 million, the retail giant announced Friday.

Victim's credit card numbers, email addresses, expiration dates and debit card PINs stolen.

Shoppers from the Target in San Ramon reported their information was stolen last month.

The company's CEO apologized.

"I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are sorry they are having to endure this," said Gregg Steinhafel, who is also chairman and president of the nation's second-largest retailer, in a letter on the company's Web site.

The breach, first made public last month, happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, according to the Boston Globe.

Target is promising a year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers in hopes of mitigating the public relations disaster.

Related: 
Skimming at Target Hits San Ramon Shoppers

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