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Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union members affected by Target data breach


Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union on Thursday morning confirmed 2,000 of its members were impacted by the recent Target data breach.

The bank received notification on Saturday from Visa that 2,000 of its 42,000 member accounts had been affected by the recent data breach at Target stores, said Tricia Buskirk, vice president of Corporate Development and Marketing. The Visa credit and debit cards were subsequently closed down to protect members.

No unauthorized charges have been reported, Buskirk said. Employees are actively monitoring accounts.

Members affected can receive a debit card instantly at any of the bank’s branches, she said. Credit cards must be mailed.

Target’s website reported last week that computer hackers obtained credit and debit card information from purchases made at company stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. This breach may have included unauthorized access to payment card data, including customer names, credit or debit card numbers, the card’s expiration date and the card verification value, the three-digit security code located on the back of the card.

Current estimates are that data connected to approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been stolen, according to the department. The breach involved transactions at Target stores when the cards were swiped. Target reports it did not involve those making online purchases.

Check out the Friday edition of West Hawaii Today for full details.