Target ID Theft Draws Class Suit

It didn’t take long.  A class action was filed against Target within hours of the store saying as many as 40 million customers’ credit and debit information was stolen during transactions between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

The suit was filed last week in Oakland and on Friday the case was transferred to U.S. District Judge Sam Conti in San Francisco.

Jennifer Kirk filed the class action on Dec. 19 accusing Target of unfair competition and breach of data reporting law.  The suit states the company failed to implement reasonable security procedures.

The company said last week that data was taken during point-of-sale transactions using software installed on the machines used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards.  The thieves allegedly gathered credit card numbers, expiration dates and CVV security codes.  This would allow identity thieves to create phony credit and debit cards.

The lawsuit alleges that it is also possible thieves may have accessed PIN numbers for the affected customers’ debit cards, allowing them to withdraw money from bank accounts.

Case:  Kirk v. Target Corp., No. 13-cv-5885SC

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