Possible suspect in Target data theft identified

Possible suspect in Target data theft identified

Credit: Williamson County, Texas, Jail

Police in Texas say Guo Xing Chen, 40, of Temple, Texas may be connected to the national Target data breach last year.

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by ED BRACKETT / USA TODAY

KREM.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 6:44 AM

Texas police have arrested a man they allege may be linked to the massive Target data breach, according to a criminal complaint.

The arrest affidavit from the Georgetown, Texas, police department names Guo Xing Chen, 40, and says he may have been involved in the December swiping of customer records from the retail giant.

"It is also believed Chen is involved in a large scale credit breach believed to be in excess of $70 million according to investigators from the Target Corp.,'' according to the affidavit, obtained by KVUE-TV, Austin, Texas, and USA TODAY.

Over the holiday shopping season, in a massive cybercrime discovered by Target in mid-December, 40 million customers had their credit and debit card data stolen. In January, the retail giant said that information including e-mail addresses and phone numbers may have been swiped from an additional 70 million customers.

Kirsten Blair, answering phones Wednesday evening at the Georgetown Police Department, said she had no information on the arrest but expected a statement to be issued later.

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