Look On The Bright Side, Target: At Least These 3 Credit Card Hacks Were Bigger Than Yours

Target is probably having a very unmerry holiday season right now dealing with the credit card breach that likely affected about 40 million accounts. Target might be the retail version of a sad Charlie Brown at Christmas right now, but hey, it could be worse. No, really.

CNNMoney goes through five big breaches that make Target’s hack look like a drop in the bucket. Of course, any time consumers see their personal information leaking out to who knows where it’s bad. But the below three have numbers that eclipse Target’s latest worry.

Adobe: About 150 million customers were hit by hackers this fall, although at first Adobe had the number at about 2.9 millionand then 38 million. It wasn’t until a security blog claimed that hackers had actually published info for 150 million of Adobe’s customers that the ginormous scale of the hack came to light. Adobe sticks by its original number, however.

Heartland Payment Systems: A widespread attack on this company affected 130 million customers with a variety of different credit cards. The company ended up paying out more than $110 million to settle claims with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and others.

TJX Companies: Way back in 2007, this hack hit a laundry list of TJX stores — T.J. Maxx and Marshalls included — which stung around 94 million shoppers. Initially the company said 46 million customers were hacked, but later court filings related to bank lawsuits aimed at TJX showed the much higher total.

Sadly enough, we’re sure this won’t be the last time dastardly villains get their hands on private information. Remember that if you think your credit info is at risk to keep checking your statements, call your bank or credit card issuer (in the most recent case, Target) and change any PINs or passwords associated with the account.

Of all the Charlie Browns in the world right now, Target, you’re the Charlie Browniest.

5 of the biggest-ever credit card hacks [CNNMoney]

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  1. RupturedDuck says:

    It’s disingenuous to just call this a “credit card breach” when it affected debit cards as well.

    Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, your liability for unauthorized use of your credit card tops out at $50. However, if you report the loss before your credit card is used, the FCBA says you are not responsible for any charges you didn’t authorize. If your credit card number is stolen, but not the card, you are not liable for unauthorized use.

    If you report an ATM or debit card missing before someone uses it, the Electronic Funds Transfer Act says you are not responsible for any unauthorized transactions. If someone uses your ATM or debit card before you report it lost or stolen, your liability depends on how quickly you report it. In some cases, if you don’t take steps, you can lose all of your money in accounts tied to the debit card.

    http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0213-lost-or-stolen-credit-atm-and-debit-cards

    • CommonC3nts says:

      Well they are probably making the assumption that people are smart enough to use a real credit card and not their debit card at retailers.
      You dont get any protections with debit cards so why use them except to get cash at an atm??

  2. oneSqueakyWheel says:

    after speaking with a rep. at our local Target, we were informed this breach was only on TARGET-ISSUED Red Cards…..if this is true, the media needs to inform consumers of this- and they also believe it was an inside job- prolly by some employee who had to work Thanksgiving night, perhaps?

  3. RupturedDuck says:

    oneSqueakyWheel’s post is not accurate.

    Target’s own corporate response says otherwise, as does Krebs on Security who broke the story.

    The Target rep is either misinformed or deliberately lying.