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Indiana Attorney General Monitoring Target Data Breach

The Indiana Attorney General’s office has been in communication with representatives of the Target Corporation about a recent high-profile data breach.

The Indiana AG's office has resources on its website for Hoosiers concerned about identity theft.

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The Indiana AG's office has resources on its website for Hoosiers concerned about identity theft.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office has been fielding calls from Hoosiers concerned about a recent data breach at the Target Corporation.

The retail giant says the breach impacted more than 40 million Target credit and debit cards nationwide. It also confirmed Friday that encrypted PIN data was part of the stolen information.

Bryan Corbin is a spokesperson for the Indiana attorney general’s office. He says the office is monitoring the situation, along with attorneys general from all 50 states.

“These types of data breaches – obviously this one is high profile because it was Target and it happened during the holiday shopping season – but data breaches occur all the time. This one is maybe more noteworthy. But the types of recommendations we make here are the same types of recommendations we make year round,” Corbin says.

Those recommendations include getting a credit check and using resources listed on the attorney general’s website.

Corbin says in the past, the state’s attorney general has fined companies for data breaches if they went undiscovered, or if the company did not promptly notify consumers. He would not say whether the current investigation would go that far.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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  • Bob Eckert

    The IU Credit Union is replacing any of it’s credit or debit cards that were used at target (not online at the Target site) and this is a mandatory replacement, you don’t have a choice. So the seriousness of the breach is much greater than the State of Indiana AG is indicating. Sounds like they just don’t want to deal with it. Typical of a Republican administration cowtowing to the corporate beast. My suggestion would be to ask your bank for a replacement with a different card number and pin immediately,
    check your banks records of transactions online and put limits with your bank on how much can be charged/transacted per day. If possible use another card that was not used at Target until your new one comes. Of course I only have 31 years experience in the information technology field.

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