Target has found that consumers’ lawsuits have been filed since the announcement that there was a security breach at Target’s stores, according to the Chicago Tribune on Monday. Thus far, at least 15 lawsuits are asking for class action status due to the highly-publicized security breach at the Target stores. The persons behind the lawsuits are claiming that the information was stolen, and it is alleged that the retailer either failed to properly secure customer data, did not promptly notify customers of the breach, or both. Target has already stated that it waited three days before going public about the security breach.
Timothy Baer, Target Corp’s general counsel reportedly has spoken with top state prosecutors to deal with the firm’s concerns regarding the massive data breach. Though it was not specified which states were contacted, it is believed the states included New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
Target has been asked to give more information regarding the cyber attack – which possibly involved as many as 40 million credit and debit cards of Target shoppers – to attorneys general from several states.
Additionally, two United States senators - Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York - have now called for a federal probe into the incident in which consumers’ debit and credit cards were violated from Nov. 27 through Dec. 15 of this year at the Target stores. The two Democratic senators have requested that the United States Federal Trade Commission begin an investigation into the security breach.
The United States Secret Service is heading the government’s investigation into the Target incident. Target has not been specific about how the security breach occurred. It has, however apologized and offered 10 percent discounts to consumers over the weekend, apparently in an effort to bring customers back to the stores.