StarTribune – 12/27/13:  Since Target’s giant data security breach came to light last week there’s been much discussion about whether thieves captured the critical PIN numbers for the debit cards, which would make the stolen cards much more vulnerable and easy to cash out. The answer is yes. Target Corp. confirmed Friday that the cybercrooks made off with personal identification numbers. However, the Minneapolis-based retailer said the numbers were “strongly encrypted” and insisted that customers’ debit card accounts have not been compromised due to the theft of encrypted PIN numbers.
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