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Target Says Customers' PIN Numbers Safe

The Target Corp. is say that customers "strongly encrypted" personal identification numbers (PINS) for debit cards was among the information stolen during a Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 cyber-attack by hackers, according to a report in the Boston Herald.

The retailer, who has a store in Stoughton, said the PINS remained secure, because of a "key" needed to find the data.

"We remain confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure,” sand Target spokesman Molly Snyder. “The PIN information was fully encrypted at the keypad, remained encrypted within our system and remained encrypted when it was removed from our systems. The most important thing for our guests to know is that their debit card accounts have not been compromised due to the encrypted PIN numbers being taken.”

Target had up to 40 million credit and debit card customers affected.

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