Target is reporting that additional data was stolen as part of a recent massive data breach.
Target confirmed Friday that encrypted debit card pin data was among the stolen items, however the third largest U.S. retailer is confident the information is safe and secure.
Company officials said the stolen PIN data was strongly encrypted when it was removed from Target’s systems, and the key necessary to decrypt the data is not within the company’s system and could not have been taken during the breach.
Even though Target claims the data is safe, some security experts advise customers to keep a close eye on their bank accounts and possibly get their bank cards reissued.
The attack lasted from Black Friday to December 15th. It is the second largest data breach in U.S. retail history.