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Secret Service Investigating Credit, Debit Card Data Theft At Target Stores

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(CBS) - Their slogan is simple, "Expect more, Pay less."

But if you've been shopping at Target recently, you'll want to pay close attention to your next credit card bill.

That's because the secret service is investigating data theft from credit and debit cards used at their stores.

CBS News has confirmed the secret service is investigating a security breach that involves stolen credit and debit card information from potentially millions of target customers.

"I almost never use cash anymore. I almost only use credit cards all of the time so that scares me," said Alicia Travis, Target Customer.

Krebs on Security - a closely watched security industry blog says the breach started on Black Friday and lasted more than two weeks. The report states investigators believe thieves stole the data from credit card machines in almost all of Target's stores nationwide.

"It sounds like the actual payment software was hacked with a piece of malware or some other kind of security breach in the actual credit card processing itself, and that's not very common," said Professor Wiliam McGeveran, Information Law Expert.

The magnetic strips on credit and debit cards are full of information.

"Your address, your date of birth, your social security number. Once they access that, it's very easy for them to open up other credit cards or gift cards," said Paul Oster, Consumer Credit Expert.

American Express says the company is aware of the incident and is putting fraud controls in place.

Representatives for Visa and Mastercard declined to comment.

Target officials have not made a statement about the investigation.

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