If you are one of the tens of thousands of people affected by Target’s point-of-sales hack during the holiday season, you should have received an e-mail from the company this Wednesday. In an effort to smooth things over after the massive security breach, the retailer has offered to compensate customers with a year’s free credit monitoring from Experian.
The offer is a generous one, with a year’s worth of service from Experian priced at $191, but will it be enough to fix the PR nightmare that the hacking attack caused? The security breach, which occurred between November 27th and December 15th is thought to have compromised personal information for as many as 110 million customers around the country. Information stolen by the hackers included credit card details, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and full names.
In the email sent out by Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, affected clients were informed that their data had indeed been compromised during the hacking attack. Steinhafel offered his sincere apologies for the incident and any inconveniences caused by it, whilst informing clients that they were entitled to Experian’s ProtectMyID service in order to keep their data secure during the coming year.