Analysis: Target's debit card encryption not so bad after all

|About: Target Corporation (TGT)|By:, SA News Editor

The level of encryption on Target's (TGT +0.2%) debit cards make them almost impossible to hack into, surmises Computerworld Magazine in an in-depth breakdown of the security breach at the retailer.

Despite the open-ended questions on how the breach occurred, Target does receive good marks for the protection on its encrypted PIN data.

"The attacker does not get a billion free guesses at entering a PIN: they get exactly one guess, and then the key changes," notes the publication.