Jan. 29 - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the hacking of consumer data from Target Corp. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed on Wednesday (January 29) that the Justice Department is investigating the hacking of consumer data from Target Corp.
Testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing, Holder said the department will seek not only to find the perpetrators of the breach but also "any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud."
"The Department of Justice takes very seriously reports of any data breach, particularly those involving personally identifiable or financial information, and looks into allegations that are brought to its attention," said Holder.
"Now, we -- while we generally do not discuss specific matters under investigation, I can confirm that the department is investigating the breach involving the United States retailer Target. And we are committed to working to find not only the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches, but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud, said Holder."
Target has said a breach of its networks during the busy holiday shopping period resulted in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit card records and 70 million other records with customer information such as addresses and telephone numbers.
The United States Secret Service usually takes the lead in credit card breach investigations for the federal government.
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