40 million people affected including Alaskans
ANCHORAGE - Retail giant, Target, announced Friday that personal identification numbers, or PINs, were among the data stolen by hackers.
The breach occurred over a two-week period in late November and early December.
Target reported 40 million people were affected including Alaskans.
The True North Credit Union in Anchorage said they’ve had 275 people impacted at their branch alone.
“We try to keep the impact as minimal as possible but it can be troublesome when members have automatic payments or anything like that coming through on the cards that were compromised,” said Sara Boyer, Branch Manager of True North Credit Union.
The security breach is affecting the way Target shoppers in Anchorage pay. ”We used cash today instead of using our red card,” Karlene Shumway said.
But it’s unclear how long the safety concerns will last.
“I think eventually we’ll go back to using the card because you do get a savings but it might be a while,” Shumway said.
Most shoppers said they do their best to protect their personal information, but accept a certain amount of risk in today’s computerized world. ”A chain this big has to prepare for that better than they did obviously and hopefully it’s a learning experience for them and everybody,” Michael Thomas said.
A Target spokesperson said even though the hackers got access to PINs, it’s unlikely they could use them.
Bank officials said it’s better to be safe than sorry and are canceling the cards of impacted customers.