MONTGOMERY, ALA. (December 20, 2013) –Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers whose credit and debit card information was compromised at Target stores in a major security breach that began on or around Nov. 27, just before “Black Friday,” and continued through at least Dec. 15. Security experts believe 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. The theft would affect any credit or debit card used during the time period in question, including Target store cards as well as other bank cards. It is estimated more than 40 million accounts may have been breached. The complaint was filed today in the United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division.

“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,” said Beasley Allen lawyer Larry Golston.

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 Corporation.

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.

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