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Target Says Card Data Breach May Have Come Through Vendor

Target Corp., the second-largest U.S. discount retailer, said the theft of credit- and debit-card data last month that affected tens of millions of customers may have occurred through the use of a vendor’s credentials.

“We can confirm that the ongoing forensic investigation has indicated that the intruder stole a vendor’s credentials which were used to access our system.” Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said today in an e-mail.