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A customer pushes a cart outside of a Target store, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Jersey City, N.J. Earlier, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a member of the Senate banking committee, held a news conference outside of the store. Menendez is laying out efforts toprotect consumers' personal information, in light news that information from 40 million Target customers were stolen. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Target: Customers' Encrypted PINs Were Obtained



ATLANTA (AP) - Target says that customers' encrypted PIN data was removed during the data breach that occurred earlier this month.

The company issued a statement Friday that additional forensic work has shown that encrypted PIN data was removed along with customers' names and card numbers. But Target says it believes the PIN numbers are still safe because the information was strongly encrypted. It says the PIN can only be decrypted when received by its independent payment processor.
  
A PIN number is the personal identification code used to make secure transactions on a credit or debit card.
  
Data connected to about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target were stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.
  
Minneapolis-based Target says it is still in the early stages of investigating the breach.

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