Kilmartin joins investigation into Target data breach

Kilmartin joins investigation into Target data breach

PROVIDENCE - Attorney Gen. Peter Kilmartin announced on Tuesday, Jan. 14, that he has officially joined with fellow attorneys general nationwide in a multi-state investigation into the scope of the Target data breach announced last month.

“Initial reports that approximately 40 million customers were impacted by the Target data breach apparently were just the tip of the iceberg. The more recent announcement that approximately 110 million customers could be at risk is exactly why we need to get to the bottom of how Target allowed its systems to be vulnerable to a breach of this magnitude,” said Kilmartin in a statement. “Putting people’s economic security at risk is simply unacceptable. Companies must be more forthcoming when a breach occurs and must take appropriate steps immediately to inform customers as well as provide some type of protection going forward.”

Kilmartin is urging all Rhode Island residents who shop at Target stores to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the retail company in the wake of the massive data breach.

“Regardless of whether any suspicious activity has taken place in your personal account, I strongly encourage any Target shoppers to take advantage of this offer of free credit monitoring,” said Kilmartin. “Being proactive in protecting your credit and your identity may prevent future problems. I am actively investigating the scale of this data breach and want to ensure that Target shoppers in Rhode Island receive all the protections they deserve.”

In addition to the year of free credit monitoring, Kilmartin is reminding consumers to change their PIN numbers and passwords.

Target first reported last month that a data breach involving payment card information of 40 million customers had been obtained by hackers during November and December. The stolen information included credit and debit card data, customer names, and PIN (personal identification data) numbers. Last week, Target revealed that hackers also stole a second batch of data that included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for as many as 70 million people.

Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all customers. Beginning today, consumers can register for free credit monitoring at creditmonitoring.target.com. Target's website provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the credit monitoring at: https://corporate.target.com/about/payment-card-issue/credit-monitoring-....

The free credit monitoring will be offered through Experian’s ProtectMyID, and the service provides a copy of a credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance (except where prohibited by law) and access to personalized assistance from a fraud resolution agent.

Target has provided the following information for consumers looking to take advantage of this program:
• Consumers who shopped in U.S. stores may request an activation code by entering their name and email address at creditmonitoring.target.com before April 23.
• Consumers will then receive an email from Target within one to five days that will include the unique activation code and instructions on how to register the code with ProtectMyID.
• Consumers will have until April 30 to register their code with ProtectMyID.
• Emails collected during the process of creating activation codes will only be used for the purpose of sending an activation code to enroll in free credit monitoring.

Consumers with questions are encouraged to visit target.com/databreach or call Target directly at 866-852-8680. Or, you may contact the Consumer Protection Unit at the Office of Attorney General by calling 401-274-4400 or emailing contactus@riag.ri.gov.