Target holiday cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards

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      By Jim Finkle and Siddharth Cavale BOSTON (Reuters) – Target Corp said hackers might have stolen data from some 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited its stores during the first three weeks of the holiday season in the second-largest such breach reported by a U.S. retailer. In terms of the speed at which the hackers were able to access large numbers of credit cards, the data theft was unprecedented. It took place in the 19 days from the day before Thanksgiving to Sunday, in the heart of the crucial Christmas holiday sales season. Target, the No. 3 U.S. retailer, said on Thursday that it was working with federal law enforcement and outside experts to prevent similar attacks in the future.

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