This will fuck your holiday spirit all the way up.
On Monday, Target confirmed that criminals had stolen credit and debit card information from 40 million customers between the week of Thanksgiving and Dec. 15. Everything from customer names to card numbers, expiration dates and security codes were taken. Online customers are the only ones who were not affected.
Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel addressed the matter in a statement:
Target's first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.
Though a Secret Service investigation in underway, Target still advises customers to watch out for fraud:
We recommend that you closely review the information provided in this letter for some steps that you may take to protect yourself against potential misuse of your credit and debit information. You should remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports. If you discover any suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, be sure to report it immediately to your financial institutions. In addition, you may contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) or law enforcement to report incidents of identity theft or to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft.
This is the worst time of the year for this to happen.