Earlier on Wednesday, USA Today and local TV
station KVUE reported that Texas police arrested Guo Xing Chen,
saying he was "involved in a large-scale credit breach believed
to be in excess of $70 million according to investigators from
the Target Corporation.
"This appears to be strictly a street level arrest that is not
tied to the larger breach investigation," the official, who is
familiar with the Secret Service investigation into the Target
breach, said on condition of anonymity.
"These credit card numbers could have come from a variety of
Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder referred requests for comment to
law enforcement officials. The Secret Service, which has
investigated the incident, was not immediately available for
The cyber-attack on Target over the holidays dented the
company's profits, shook consumer confidence, prompted
congressional hearings and helped lead to the removal of
Chairman and Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel this week.
Some 40 million payment card records were stolen, along with 70
million other records of customer information, including
addresses and telephone numbers.
(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic in San Francisco and Jim Finkle
in Boston; Editing by Eric Walsh and Ken Wills)
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