Target: Data stolen from 70 million customers, not 40M

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by USA Today

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 2:01 PM

(USA Today) -- Up to 70 million customers had their personal information stolen in a data breach at Target, the retailer said Friday.

Target announced last month that encrypted personal identification numbers were stolen for up to 40 million credit and debit cards in the breach. Now its investigation finds "that the stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals."

"I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this," Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a release.

The announcement comes amid news of a disappointing holiday season for retailers. Target lowered its fourth quarter guidance Friday, expecting a comparable store sales decline of 2.5%. It previously said sales would be flat.

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