Target: 70 Million Customers Impacted by Holiday Data Breach

Posted at 8:38 AM, Jan 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-10 08:43:30-05
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The data breach at Target was significantly broader than originally reported: The company said Friday that 70 million customers had information such as their name, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses hacked in the breach.

The company had previously said 40 million shoppers had their credit and debit card information stolen in the weeks following Thanksgiving.

Target said the hacking is not a new breach, but that it was discovered as part of the investigation into the theft of card information.

Target also said Friday that sales had been stronger than expected before its original announcement on Dec. 19 but fell sharply after the news. Target warned that sales and profits for the current quarter would be lower than expected because of that loss of consumer confidence.