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Guo Xing Chen Arrested For Link To Target Data Breach: Report

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TARGET DATA BREACH
FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, file photo, the Target web site is photographed on a computer screen at a coffee shop in Providence, R.I.. American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but most aren?t doing anything to ensure their data is secure, says a new Associated Press--GfK Poll released Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas police have arrested a man named Guo Xing Chen they say is linked to the devastating data breach at No. 3 U.S. retail chain Target Corp last year, USA Today cited a state criminal complaint as saying on Wednesday.

"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 Corporation," the newspaper cited an arrest affidavit as saying.

The cyber-attack on Target was the second-largest cybersecurity breach at a U.S. retailer. It dented the company's profits, shook consumer confidence, prompted congressional hearings and helped lead to the removal of Chairman and Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel this week.

(Reporting by San Francisco newsroom; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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