40 Million Credit Card Numbers Hacked from Target Stores

An Omen for ObamaCare

Target stores has been hacked. It applies to any of their 1800 stores across America. If you used your credit card for purchases online, you are less vulnerable but should check anyway. Hackers managed to use software to hack and steal the credit card numbers and passwords to 40 million customers.

Yes, 40,000,000.

If you shopped at Target between Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, you are most vulnerable to your number being used to make fraudulent charges, so, you should check your card daily. What you are looking for is not just large purchases, but tiny ones of only a few cents. Why? Hackers frequently want to test the account for validity. So, they make a charge on only 10 cents or so. Once confirmed, they then make a $100 or so charge, if that works, they make a $500 charge. In other words, they make charges in increments so to not bring attention to it.

Whatever card you use when shopping at Target should be checked daily for such charges. It is unclear if charges made before or after the cited dates are subject to the revelation.

Target stated that apparently the hackers have been stealing the data for three weeks before IT discovered it.

What does this mean?

What it means is that this incident is a MAJOR reason for not signing up for Obama healthcare until there are ironclad assurances personal data cannot be hacked. As of now, this has not happened and in fact, the IT professionals state it is NOT secure. This sole reason, irrespective of the medical coverage etc., should be a red flag to everyone now signing up or delaying it.

There are wolves in the chicken house!

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