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Target: Data breach number nearly doubles to 70 million people

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WIS) - Target on Friday announced an additional 30 million people have likely been affected by a recent data breach the company experienced, nearly doubling the number of customers who were hit.

The retailer said its ongoing investigation has determined that names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million people have been stolen.

That's in addition to the credit and debit card data the company says was taken during the pre-Christmas incident.

This theft is not a new breach, but was uncovered as part of the ongoing investigation, the company stated in a news release.

Much of the data stolen is partial in nature, but in cases where Target has an email address, the company said it will attempt to contact affected guests. The communication will be informational, including tips to guard against consumer scams.

Target will not ask those guests to provide any personal information as part of that communication. In addition, guests can find the tips on Target's website.

"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," said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Target. "I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team."

Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests who shopped our U.S. stores. Guests will have three months to enroll in the program. To learn more, please go to target.com/databreach.

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