Giant retailer Target is facing a maelstrom of criticism and regulatory scrutiny following its acknowledgment Thursday that credit and debit card information from up to 40 million customer accounts was stolen during the height of the holiday shopping season.
It was one of the largest data breaches in US history, and frustrated Target customers sounded off on social network sites, blogs, and online comment pages, as well as conversations in offices, coffee shops, and malls across the country. Twitter buzzed with anger and disbelief packed into 140 characters.
“Gotta call 5 different banks/credit card companies,” one tweeter lamented. “Grr,” concluded another.
Eric Hill, 45, of Newton, who shopped at Target, said the theft “blows me away,” and has him thinking that cash might be safer. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Globe correspondent Emily Overholt and Michael Farrell and Hiawatha Bray of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.