Holder: DOJ probing Target data breach


Attorney General Eric HolderEric H. HolderPodesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs Payback: Dems see chance to boot Issa Trump was right — Clinton's email case needs a special prosecutor MORE said Wednesday the Department of Justice is investigating the data breach at retail giant Target.

Late last year, Target announced it had suffered a data breach, making vulnerable the financial and personal information of tens of thousands of customers.

Holder confirmed the department’s investigation during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday and said the agency will work to track down the parties who committed the fraud as well as those who exploit the stolen data.

During his opening statement at the hearing, committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyReport: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas Gretchen Carlson to testify before Congress Senior Verizon exec believes hack will affect Yahoo deal MORE (D-Vt.) called on Congress “to ensure that the huge amounts of data that are collected, shared and stored by businesses are kept safe from the growing threats of data breaches and identity theft.”

The Judiciary Committee will hold a data breach hearing next week, including testimony from Target’s chief financial officer and representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and the Secret Service.