Nabbed By Texas Police Not Linked To Target Data Breach Probe -Source
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[May 08, 2014]
(Reuters) - A man arrested by Texas
police over his alleged involvement in the devastating data breach at
No. 3 U.S. retail chain Target Corp last year was in fact picked up in a
"street-level arrest" unrelated to a broader federal investigation into
the matter, a law enforcement official told Reuters.
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 comment.
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.
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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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