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PSECU reissuing cards possibly compromised in Target breach

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With more than 28,000 potential victims, the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union is issuing new check cards to its members who may have had their personal information compromised in the data breach of Target customers.

During the weekend, the credit union said through its Twitter account that PSECU check cards are being "reissued in batches over the next month" and that PSECU Visa credit cards have been reissued and are "on their way to members."

PSECU spokesman Nathan Muniz said about 22,000 check cards will be reissued.

"The holidays are for celebration and spending time with loved ones and we were hoping we could help make that happen by letting them know that PSECU will always strive to protect their information," PSECU President Greg Smith said through a news release.

Target announced that from late November to mid-December the personal information of about 40 million customers had been compromised in a data breach. The breach included not only those who used a Target credit card in that period, but anyone who used a credit card to make an in-store purchase at the retail giant, which has nine brick-and-mortar locations in the midstate.

Last week, Target officials confirmed debit card users at the store were safe because customer PIN numbers remained encrypted when they were stolen from the store.

PSECU has kept members apprised of the situation through social media and has sent out an email to 21,000 members to let them know of the situation, the credit union said. PSECU officials also said the message sent out on its Facebook page was one of the most popular it has ever sent, with 5,300 views.

PSECU has more than 400,000 members and manages more than $4.25 billion in assets. It plans to move into a new 235,000-square-foot building on Elmerton Road in Susquehanna Township in early 2014.

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