Non-Target Customers Wondering How Target Got Contact Info To Send Email About Hack

Non-Target Customers Wondering How Target Got Contact Info To Send Email About Hack

Did you get an email from Target apologizing for the recent hack and offering free credit monitoring yesterday that felt kind of, well, iffy? Many of our readers and others elsewhere on the Internet have pointed to the mass email as sketchy, due in part to pall cast by the retailer’s security breach over the holidays. And then there’s the fact that many people never shop at Target. Not in stores, and not online. Not ever. So how did they get those email addresses? [More]

Target Zaps Itself With Shrink Ray To Create Teensy TargetExpress

Target Zaps Itself With Shrink Ray To Create Teensy TargetExpress

A decade ago, the trend in big retail stores like Target was to get larger and larger, with mega-sized SuperTargets popping up around the country. Then the country’s over-mortgaged house of cards collapsed and smaller was all the rage, resulting in CityTarget stores in 2012. But that’s apparently not small enough, with the retailer set to go even smaller with new TargetExpress stores. [More]

Homeland Security Warns Retailers About Malware Used In Target Hack

Homeland Security Warns Retailers About Malware Used In Target Hack

While you might imagine other big retailers sitting back and having a good ol’ chuckle at the expense of Target, the reality is more like they’re all shaking in their boots. Because if a massive data breach could hit Target, it could happen to any merchant (and probably will hit more). The government wants retailers to be ready, and has released a bunch of information about the methods used in the attack to prepare them. [More]

Varying Laws Allow Companies To Delay Notifying Consumers Of Hacks

Varying Laws Allow Companies To Delay Notifying Consumers Of Hacks

It took Target mere days to notify consumers that their personal information had been breached. Not fast enough? Well, it could have taken months before the incident was made public, thanks to state laws that vary the length of time in which companies must announce cyber hacks. [More]

Citi To Replace Debit Cards Linked To Target Hack

Citi To Replace Debit Cards Linked To Target Hack

A month after Target first revealed that its in-store credit and debit card payment system had been breached, Citi has finally announced plans to replace all debit cards for customers whose account information was stolen in the hack. [More]

Target Price Scanner Is Ready To Play What Now?

Target Price Scanner Is Ready To Play What Now?


Robert was understandably confused when he checked the price of a Hot Wheels toy on a price scanner and got a saucy message in return. Or maybe an insult. Or just the name of another Hot Wheels product. (Mildly NSFW screenshot and video inside.) [More]

Senators Call On Target To Explain Credit Card Breach

Senators Call On Target To Explain Credit Card Breach

Nearly a month after Target revealed that its retail credit and debit card payment system had been breached, compromising the information of more than 100 million customers, the Chairs of the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee have written to the retailer asking it to explain just how a huge mistake like this could happen. [More]

Target CEO Apologizes For Hack, Explains 4-Day Delay For Alerting Customers

Target CEO Apologizes For Hack, Explains 4-Day Delay For Alerting Customers

As you all know, between Black Friday weekend and December 15, Target’s in-store credit and debit card processing system was compromised, allowing attackers to make off with more than 100 million card numbers and other information. Last night, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel went on TV to (repeatedly) apologize and to explain why Target didn’t acknowledge the hack until Dec. 18. [More]

(Beth Lennon)

Report: More Holiday Credit Card Breaches To Be Revealed

It’s bad enough that some 110 million Target customers may have had their credit card info stolen, or that some Neiman Marcus shoppers are falling victim to ID theft following a data breach. A new report says there are a few other retailers waiting to reveal the bad news that they too were victims of credit card hackers. [More]

Target Data Breach Possibly Hit 110 Million, May Include People Who Didn’t Shop During Holidays

Target Data Breach Possibly Hit 110 Million, May Include People Who Didn’t Shop During Holidays

What we thought was getting worse just keeps getting worser: This morning we heard that the data breach at Target had hit 70 million customers, instead of the 40 million originally reported by the company. And now that number is not only possibly up to 110 million, but it could include people who didn’t even shop during the holidays, which is when Target said the leak happened. [More]

Target Data Breach Manages To Keep Getting Worse; Now It’s 70 Million Customers’ Data Stolen [UPDATE]

Target Data Breach Manages To Keep Getting Worse; Now It’s 70 Million Customers’ Data Stolen [UPDATE]

UPDATE: The bad news just keeps on rolling in. Reports now indicate the 70 million customers whose names, addresses, and e-mails were breached are in addition to the original 40 million stolen credit cards, bringing the total number of affected folks potentially to as many as 110 million. [More]

Mean ol' Stupid Shipping Gang.

Target’s Stupid Shipping Gang Subjects Tweezers To Extreme Solitude In Mostly Empty Box

It’s a cruel, cold world out there. If you’re a lucky pair of tweezers, you don’t have to go through that alone. If you’re unlucky enough to be sent away to your new home by Target’s Stupid Shipping Gang, you’re Consumerist reader Nix’s sad, lonely tweezers. [More]

Police Credit Target Worker’s Keen Eye For Odd Behavior For Cracking Kidnapping Case

Police Credit Target Worker’s Keen Eye For Odd Behavior For Cracking Kidnapping Case

A Target employee in California is really taking her loss prevention specialist title seriously: Police say she helped crack a recent kidnapping case wide open when she noticed a customer acting a bit off in her store. The worker took down the man’s license plate number and ultimately, helped return a little girl to her family. [More]

Target Will Honor Gift Cards It Failed To Activate During Holiday Season

Target Will Honor Gift Cards It Failed To Activate During Holiday Season

Hot on the heels of a massive data breach that compromised credit and debit card information for some 40 million U.S. customers, Target has confirmed reports that some gift cards sold during the recent holiday shopping season were not activated properly by the retailer. [More]

Target Confirms PIN Data Also Stolen In Credit/Debit Card Hack

Target Confirms PIN Data Also Stolen In Credit/Debit Card Hack

After days of denying a report that hackers had stolen encrypted PIN data from some 40 million Target shoppers, the retailer has finally admitted that yes, this information was indeed collected during the 3-week-long data breach. [More]

Christmas Gift Of iPod Was Actually A Box Filled With Erasers

Christmas Gift Of iPod Was Actually A Box Filled With Erasers

One San Diego man obviously isn’t a regular Consumerist reader. He bought his wife an iPod for Christmas, and she opened it up to find…four erasers and some specially-cut index cards filling up the spot that’s supposed to cradle the iPod. They’re probably very nice erasers, but you can’t play music on them. Light percussion, maybe. [More]

Even With 10% “Our Bad” Discount, Target’s Sales Down After Credit Card Disaster

Even With 10% “Our Bad” Discount, Target’s Sales Down After Credit Card Disaster

Over the weekend, Target went into damage-control, attempting to lure customers back into its retail stores by offering a 10% discount to everyone — not just the 40 million customers whose credit card numbers were stolen between late November through mid-December. But even that apparently wasn’t enough to bring customers back during the last-ditch holiday shopping weekend. [More]

(Ron Dauphin)

Stolen Target Credit Card Info: The Perfect Holiday Gift For the Criminals On Your List

Merry Christmas, and be sure to check your online statements: security investigations reveal that the tens of millions of credit card numbers stolen from Target shoppers in the weeks since Thanksgiving are indeed flooding the black market and making their way around the world. [More]