Now, reports indicate that Neiman Marcus and three other retail chains have also been hit by hackers who stole the personal information of shoppers. So far no arrests have been made, but according to CBS News (1/13/14), officials believe the thieves are based in Europe. The same report notes that customers whose information was stolen have already had their cards illegally used, including for ordering pizza in India and shopping on the Internet.
Meanwhile, other customers had information such as their name, address and telephone number stolen, indicating a breach in Target’s infrastructure.
Now, Target and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd could face lawsuits from consumers, banks and regulators over the breaches. According to Bloomberg Businessweek (1/13/14), various states including Connecticut and Illinois are investigating possible charges against both Target and Neiman Marcus. The report notes that approximately 20 lawsuits have been filed by customers against Target, and Putnam Bank filed a lawsuit of its own, alleging the breach cost the bank money in issuing customer alerts and new cards. The bank also claimed it lost money reimbursing clients for their losses.
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USA Today (12/22/13) reports that consumer lawsuits were filed in California and Oregon. Those lawsuits reportedly seek more than $5 million in damages.
Target has announced it will offer customers one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Customers can access the program by visiting the Target website and entering their e-mail addresses to receive an activation code, according to The Washington Post (1/13/14). The program is open to anyone who has shopped at Target, not just those who believe they were affected by the data breach.