SD gets share of $18.5 million Target data breach settlement

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) - South Dakota will get $174,248 as part of a settlement with Target Corporation after the massive data breach in 2013.

The payout is part of an overall $18.5 million deal between Target and 47 states.

Investigators found that in November 2013, cyber attackers got into Target’s gateway server via credentials stolen from a third-party vendor. The criminals then accessed a customer service database, installing malware to capture consumer data, including credit card numbers, codes and encrypted debit PINs.

“This is a strong reminder that data breaches are sadly becoming more common,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said. “Every consumer should get in the habit of accessing their free credit report to be alerted on matters affecting their credit.”

There are three nationwide credit reporting agencies recommended by the AG’s Consumer Protection Division:

• Equifax
• Experian
• TransUnion

Visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228 for a free copy of your credit report. Consumers are entitled to a free copy from each company every 12 months.

If consumers find errors on their report, contact the reporting agency in writing.