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Virginia Deactivates 4,000 Benefits Cards After Target Security Breach

Virginia has deactivated nearly 4,000 state-issued electronic benefits cards due to the recent security breach at Target stores.

The EPPICards are used by people receiving benefits such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and child support.

The Virginia Department of Social Services claims that nearly 4,000 EPPICards were used at Target stores during the period. between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, when the card accounts were hacked and stolen.

Department officials say the card program's vendor, Xeros, has blocked and deactivated the affected cards. Those cards are being replaced.

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