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Target: encrypted PIN data stolen in Black Friday security breach

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NEW YORK (AP) - Target says encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen in the Black Friday weekend security breach but is "confident that PIN numbers are safe and secure" because the information was strongly encrypted.

Targets says the PIN can only be decrypted when received by its independent payment processor.

A PIN is the personal identification number used to make secure transactions on a credit or debit card.

Last week, Target announced that as many as 40 million customers that swiped their cards at Target locations across the US between November 27 and December 15 may have had their account information stolen by computer hackers.

The company issued a statement Friday that additional forensic work has shown that encrypted PIN data was removed along with customers' names and card numbers.

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