Target admits PIN numbers were stolen in data breach
MILWAUKEE- Target admitted Friday that the data breach at the retail giant did include PIN numbers of customers.
Initially Target said PIN numbers were not compromised.
However, Target still said they remain confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure because the PIN information was fully encrypted at the keypad, remained encrypted within their system, and remained encrypted when it was removed from their systems.
"When a guest uses a debit card in our stores and enters a PIN, the PIN is encrypted at the keypad with what is known as Triple DES. Triple DES encryption is a highly secure encryption standard used broadly throughout the U.S.
It's expected 40 million customers had their accounts hacked.
Local Credit Unions and Banks have posted warnings and tips on their websites advising customers what to do.
If you think you may have been a victim you should contact your bank or credit union.