Target Offers Discount Amid Frustration Over Massive Breach

Target store on Black Friday (Photo: Target)
Target store on Black Friday (Photo: Target)

Retail giant Target will offer a 10 percent discount to all customers during the weekend in the wake of a massive data breach at its stores that compromised 40 million credit or debit card accounts and frustrated customers nationwide.

The discount will apply to sales on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 at all U.S. stores. The big box store will also offer free credit monitoring serices to customers who think they may have been affected by the hack, which occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

Target’s in-store payment systems were breached two days before Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

“We recognize this has been confusing and disruptive during an already busy holiday season,” Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement. “Our guests’ trust is our top priority at Target and we are committed to making this right.”

He noted that the breach didn’t affect everyone who swiped their card during the more than two weeks its systems were compromised.

“In fact, in other similar situations, there are typically low levels of actual fraud,” Steinhafel said.

Target has not said how the breach occurred or how long it knew about the breach before eliminating the problem.

The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly investigating the incident.

Long Island is home to 14 Target stores, four in Nassau County—Hicksville, Levittwon, Valley Stream, Westbury—and 10 in Suffolk—Bay Shore, Central Islip, two in Commack, Copiague, Farmingdale, Huntington Station, Medford, Riverhead, South Setauket.