For a nation obsessed with national security and, well, security in general, Americans have retained almost a laissez-faire attitude toward personal financial security. No longer. An extraordinary, brazen theft of consumer data from three large national retailers is gradually being absorbed around the country.
The heist has directly impacted between 70 million and 110 million shoppers — or a third of all Americans — and will have long-term adverse effects on the retail colossus that is Target. It will cost the group tens of millions of dollars and significant customer goodwill.