Chase Puts Limits On Card Users Following Target Data Breach


UPDATED: Monday December 23, 2013 12:35 PM

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.
    
That's in part because U.S. credit and debit cards rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back of the card, which stores account information.
    
In most other countries, people carry cards that use digital chips to hold account information.
    
The breach that exposed the credit card and debit card information of as many as 40 million Target customers is still under investigation. It's unclear how it occurred and what data, exactly, criminals have.
    
Although experts say no security system is fail-safe, there are measures companies can take to protect against these attacks.
    
Thankfully, individual customers are not on the hook for fraudulent charges that result from security breaches. But such attacks do raise costs -- and, likely, fees for all customers.

Some last minute Christmas shoppers may have been frozen in their tracks due the Target security breach.

J.P. Morgan Chase, the nation's largest bank, has temporarily placed limits on customers who may have been impacted by the hacking.

Chase clients who shopped at U.S. Target stores between November 17 and December 15 can only withdraw $100 from ATMs and their daily total spending is now capped at $300.

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