The cyber thieves who broke into the computer systems of giant merchant Target Corp. timed their scam perfectly. Beginning just before the Black Friday shopping extravaganza and continuing through Dec. 15, they stole information from as many as 40 million credit and debit cards at the peak of the holiday selling season. Customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and card security codes were compromised.
Companies and government prosecutors will do what they can, but consumers will have to become more vigilant about watching for the handiwork of tech-savvy crooks. U.S. law protects consumers from most of the financial responsibility for fraudulent transactions, but there’s still some risk ... and a lot of hassle.
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