Following the posting of an alleged database of customer information on a hacker forum, Target is denying that the data being sold on the dark web is current and says that the information was not taken directly from its systems.
On Thursday, the hacker posted the trove, which contains names, store addresses, and transaction information, purportedly for more than 800,000 Target customers.
But Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo told The Record that the data is “outdated” and “may have been released by a third party.”
“Our cybersecurity team is confident this is not a data breach and has found no malicious access to or compromise of Target’s systems,” he said.
“In addition, the team can confirm that no current or personal guest information was included in the data disclosed by the threat actor.”
The hacker claims in the post that the database includes information on customer purchases from pharmacies and information on RedCards – cards from the retail giant that offer customers discounts and benefits.