Times consumer columnist David Lazarus, business reporter Ricardo Lopez and Scott Mitic, senior vice president at credit reporting agency Equifax, discuss how Target customers can protect themselves after the breach.

Target reported Thursday that data from 40 million credit and debit cards used by its customers might have been stolen by cyber-crooks between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. 

The breach affects any customers who used their payment cards at U.S. stores, the Minneapolis-based retailer said.

Target said that the criminals now have shoppers’ names, card numbers, expiration dates and three-digit security codes at their disposal. 

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REPLAY: How to protect your data from cyber crooks

What does this mean for you, and what steps can you take to protect yourself? Join us for a live video chat with Times consumer columnist David Lazarus, business reporter Ricardo Lopez and Scott Mitic, an identity theft expert.  He is a senior vice president at credit reporting agency Equifax

The video chat starts at 3 p.m. Pacific time; feel free to tweet, Facebook or send us questions via Google+ 

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