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Target apologizes, works to improve security

Washington (AP) -- An executive of Target Corp. said the retailer has taken actions to shore up security following the massive breach of millions of consumers' data during the holiday season.

John Mulligan, executive vice president and chief financial officer, also revealed at a Senate hearing that Target discovered an additional 25 cash registers infected by malicious software on Dec. 18. The company had said earlier that it had removed all the malware from its system by Dec. 15.

Mulligan's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee is the first public appearance by a Target executive addressing the issue since the breach that occurred between Nov. 27 and mid-December. An estimated 40 million credit and debit card accounts were affected.

Mulligan said Target is "deeply sorry" for the effect of the data theft on consumers, and he acknowledged that confidence in the Minneapolis-based company has been shaken.

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