PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced May 23 that Arizona ha joined a multistate, $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation after allegations the retail company incurred a massive data breach in 2013.
The breach allowed hackers to steal personal information from more than 60 million consumers, including customer payment card accounts of 41 million consumers. To resolve the allegations, Target will pay the monetary fine and develop a more comprehensive and effective information security program.
“In this day and age, it’s vital that companies take every precaution to protect their customer’s personal information from cyber attacks,” Brnovich said. “We will continue to investigate data breaches and work to help protect hardworking Arizonans from all forms of identity theft.”
The department said $312,756 of the settlement funds will go to Arizona. Other states involved in the settlement are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia and the District of Columbia.