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Could Target Have Prevented Data Breach?

Target(NEW YORK) -- Target may have been able to prevent the data breach that compromised tens of millions of credit and debit cards during last year's holiday shopping season.

In a statement Thursday, the retailer said its security team received an alert about a small amount of hacking but "[b]ased on their interpretation and evaluation of that activity, the team determined that it did not warrant immediate follow up."

The warning came more than two weeks before Target notified consumers about the data breach, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

The warning may have been one of hundreds Target received that day but it's investigating whether, with the benefit of hindsight, different judgments would have meant a different outcome.

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