Target's Troubles Mount After Payment Data Breach

Target is having a rocky holiday season. The retailer faces consumer lawsuits and probes by state prosecutors following the theft of 40 million credit and debit card accounts from customers who shopped at Target in recent weeks.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a legal bullseye on Target.

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GREENE: OK. More than a dozen customers have now filed lawsuits against the retail giant. This is after Target's security was breached and information from nearly 40 million credit and debit cards were stolen.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports that the company is in full defense mode.

SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Target has offered credit monitoring to its consumers. It's taken to every social medium to get out its story. That's while the first lawsuits have begun to pour in.

Meanwhile, George Jepsen, Connecticut's attorney general, says he wants answers.

GEORGE JEPSEN: We're curious as to whether the breach occurred because of Target's negligence or were they simply exposed to an especially sophisticated set of hackers.

GLINTON: Several state attorneys general are themselves looking into the exact cause of the breach.

MARTHA COAKLEY: If you, you know, went into Target and you were using cash and you routinely were held up at the checkout and the store did nothing about it, you wouldn't shop there anymore, right?

GLINTON: Martha Coakley is the Massachusetts attorney general. She says the Target breach leads to bigger questions.

COAKLEY: Are there other technologies available that would make it safer and more secure at a reasonable cost for consumers when they are using their cards in any store across the commonwealth or the country?

GLINTON: Sonari Glinton, NPR News.

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