Lawfuel.com – The Montgomery-based Beasley Allen law firm has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 40 million Target customers whose credit and debit card information was compromised in a security breach that started the day before Black Friday.
The breach began on Nov. 27 and continued through at least Dec. 15, according to Target.
The complaint was filed today in the United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division, Beasley Allen released Friday evening.
“A breach of this nature indicates Target did not abide by the best practices and industry standards concerning the security of its Information Technology systems,” Beasley Allen lawyer Larry Golston said.
Customers whose credit or debit card accounts suffered losses as a result of the Target security breach are potential class members. The complaint was filed on behalf of Kathryn V. Dickson on behalf of the Plaintiffs against defendant Target Corp.
Beasley Allen’s release stated that thieves may have somehow gained access to consumer credit card information when they swiped their cards at the registers. Hackers usually sell the information to criminals who fraudulently use the information to make purchases.
Although Target representatives have identified the affected time period for the thefts as between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, Beasley Allen lawyers say their initial investigation indicates the time period could include dates both before and after that window.
They also say it appears the data thieves have access to credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and the three-digit security code on the card. Consumers who shopped at Target recently are advised to monitor their bank statement for unusual or unauthorized charges.
Target released earlier this week that it had notified law enforcement authorities and financial institutions as soon as they became aware of the situation. Investigators believe software installed on machines collected customer data when credit and debit cards were swiped to pay for purchases.
Target Corp. is urging customers to go over their credit and debit card statements and if they find suspicious activity to call them at 866-852-8680.