On Friday Target announced hackers stole information from up to 70 million customers. The breach is bigger than what was announced weeks ago, and in addition to debit and credit card information, Target says hackers got customers’ emails, phone numbers, and addresses.
Shantala Gopalakrishnan, a Target customer, says, “More than concerned because none of us like anything stolen from us, so we all have to be concerned, watchful, mindful.”
Kurt Sowers, another Target customer, says, “It’s not like it necessarily is going to happen overnight. I mean if they have your information, they could hit you months from now.”
By having more of your information, the Better Business Bureau says the bad guys can do more damage. Tom Bartholomy, President of the Better Business Bureau in the Charlotte area, says, “It could be packaged together with that credit card information. And a pretty solid effort could be made at identity theft.”
Bartholomy adds that by hackers having the additional information on customers, they could be set up for more scams. Bartholomy says, “With having email that could open you up to phishing attacks, with having the phone number, that’s going to open you up to telemarketing scammers, and the regular address is just the icing on the cake that your mailbox gets stuffed with different things.”
The Better Business Bureau says if you shopped at Target in the last couple months of 2013, and especially if you used your debit card, consider cancelling your account and definitely monitor your bank statements. Target will try to notify customers, if the company has your contact information, but even if you do not get a notice, it does not mean you did not get hacked.
Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring for customers. The company says you have three months to sign up. For more information on the breach, go to Target’s website for more details.