Sen. Warner to lead Banking Comittee hearing on Target data breach

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee’s National Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee, will lead a hearing on Monday, Feb. 3 on ways to better safeguard consumers’ financial data. This will be the first congressional hearing held in the wake of the high-profile credit and debit card data breaches involving retail giant Target and others.

mark-warnerDuring the holiday retail season last year, Target revealed that cyberthieves hacked 40 million debit and credit card accounts used by consumers at Target stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.  In January, the retailer revealed that hackers also stole the personal information of an additional 70 million customers. In recent weeks, similar cyberattacks have been reported by other retailers, including  Neiman Marcus and Michael’s.  Many of these data breaches are believed to have occurred after attackers installed malicious software on systemswhich collect payment card details.

“Consumers must rely upon retailers and financial service providers to adequately protect their sensitive financial information,” Sen. Warner said. “It is important that the Banking Committee uses its oversight responsibility to examine whether retailers are taking every appropriate action to safeguard their customer’s personal financial information, and explore ways to minimize the harm that can be caused by this type of fraud and identity theft.”

Sen. Warner said Monday’s hearing will include the following witnesses: William Noonan, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service; Jessica Rich, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission; James Reuter, Executive Vice President, FirstBank, on behalf of the American Bankers Association;Mallory Duncan, General Counsel, National Retail Federation; Edmund Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director, U.S. PIRG; and Troy Leach, Chief Technology Officer, PCI Security Standards Council.


WHAT:                        Senate Banking Subcommittee Hearing  “Safeguarding Consumers’ Financial Data”
WHEN                         Monday, February 3, 2014
TIME:                          3:00 P.M.
LOCATION:                 Room SD-538, Dirksen Senate Office Building
LIVE STREAM:             Hearings are webcast live at:

Testimony and archived videos will be posted at:

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