We tend to hear quite a bit about credit card fraud and stolen identities. The issue was again brought to the nation’s attention at the end of last year, when hackers sent a virus which infected the point-of-sale terminals at Target, capturing credit and debit card numbers and corresponding PIN data. The hackers also broke into the retail giant’s databases to steal customer information including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Officials currently estimate that 40 million credit and debit cards as well as the personal information from 70 million additional customers were compromised, making it the largest such hack in history.
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