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Government To Track Down Thieves In Target Breach

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A customer signs a credit card statement next to a scanner in a Target store on December 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A customer signs a credit card statement next to a scanner in a Target store on December 19, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) —Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is committed to tracking down those responsible for stealing information from millions of Target customers.

In an appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder said that the government also will hunt down any people and groups that exploit the stolen data through credit card fraud.

Hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers in the pre-Christmas data heist. They also took personal information — including email addresses, phone numbers, names and home addresses — of another 70 million people.

Minneapolis-based Target said it is working with the Secret Service and the Justice Department in response to the data breach.

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