Justice Department investigating Target hacking case

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON (NBC) – Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is investigating the massive hacking of consumer data from Target.

The attorney general was testifying at a US Senate hearing Wednesday when he said his department is looking to find not only the perpetrators of the breach, but also anyone looking to exploit the stolen data or commit credit card fraud.

Hackers were able to breach Target’s computer networks during the busy holiday shopping period.

They40 million credit and debit card records and 70 million other records with customer information, such as addresses and telephone numbers.

Holder said his office takes such crimes seriously.

“While we generally do not discuss specific matters under investigation, I can confirm that the department is investigating the breach involving the United States retailer, Target. And we are committed to working to not only find the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud.”

Target is not the only retailer to suffer a massive cyber attack.

Neiman Marcus recently said it too was a victim.

The federal government also has warned other merchants and financial services firms to prepare for more cyber attacks using the same malicious software that was used to steal from Target.

Target Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the breach


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