Ileana Garcia looks in her wallet for credit cards she wants to melt over a hot plate as she tries to dig herself out of credit card debt during a sermon by Kevin Cross about faith-based financial management at the Miami Vineyard Community Church on March 7, 2009 in Kendall, Florida.
ATLANTA (AP) - Target says that customers' encrypted PIN data was taken during the data breach that occurred earlier this month.
The company issued a statement Friday that additional forensic work has shown that encrypted PIN data was taken along with customers' names and card numbers.
But Target says it believes the PIN numbers are still safe because the information was strongly encrypted. It says the PIN can only be decrypted when received by its independent payment processor.
A PIN number is the personal identification code used to make secure transactions on a credit or debit card.
Data connected to about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target were stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.
Minneapolis-based Target says it is still in the early stages of investigating the breach.