Target breach appears to be part of broader scam that affected several retailers, report says

  • Article by: ANNE D'INNOCENZIO , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 7:48 PM

NEW YORK — The security breach that hit Target Corp. during the holiday season appears to have been part of a broader and highly sophisticated scam that potentially affected a large number of retailers, according to a report published by a global cyber intelligence firm that works with the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

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kenw1952wJan. 16, 14 5:46 PM

How many retailers, banks, etc. have been affected by this malware but have chosen to remain silent, at the expense of the consumer??? At least Target bought it to consumer's attention in a somewhat timely manner.

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acefrehley78Jan. 16, 14 5:54 PM

Target notified customers on Dec. 20 that their data was compromised, and on Dec. 20 said they would be able to get free credit monitoring. It took them until Jan. 15 to roll out that program through Experian. Now they ask you to sign up for it, it takes 72 hours to approve you...ridiculous. So...it will be at least 1 month before customers can get some solutions from Target...again ridiculous.

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secpro42Jan. 16, 14 6:06 PM

Target continues to disappoint the public and professional security community. Every time something of note about the Target hack has come out it has been because someone other than Target told people about it. I'm tired of Target putting Target first and the public second. Target hasn't disclosed anything of meaningful note to the security community either. The result is a method that is proven to work has been running rampant hitting other victims while those professionals who would protect the public against it are left taking educated guesses.

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K-LinoJan. 16, 14 6:27 PM

Why is it necessary for retailers to store individuals' social security numbers and other information? With instant access to about any information shouldn't it be redundant to store this data?

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d434478Jan. 16, 14 7:01 PM

To the first poster....Target handled this VERY poorly and was blasted in the paper by many consultants, business leaders, wall street execs. Maybe this did happen to other business but the PR handling by Target was a mess, mess, mess!

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labrat1028Jan. 16, 14 7:15 PM

Good point Ken. Why are we NOT hearing from the other retailers. They definitely should be named so that consumers know that the retailer didn't value them enough to come forward and apologize. That said, Target only came forward because they were going to be specifically named by the Brian Krebs blog 'Krebs on Security'. Krebs is the one who initially brought all this to light throuogh his monitoring of forums where this information is sold.

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freedubayJan. 16, 14 7:55 PM

i guess the chip in credit cards they use in Europe and Canada is looking pretty cheap right now. At least the banks put the customer first and profit second. U.S. banks, penny wise but pound foolish.

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kenw1952wJan. 16, 14 8:17 PM

U.S. banks know that the chips they use in Europe are the safest thing. The magnetic strip is archaic and banks know it but don't want to spend their money on the chips and truly show they are concerned about their customers.

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tituspulloJan. 16, 14 9:09 PM

acefrehley78Jan. 16, 14 5:54 PM Target notified customers on Dec. 20 that their data was compromised, and on Dec. 20 said they would be able to get free credit monitoring. It took them until Jan. 15 to roll out that program through Experian. Now they ask you to sign up for it, it takes 72 hours to approve you...ridiculous. So...it will be at least 1 month before customers can get some solutions from Target...again ridiculous.__________Not really...these things take a little time. Do you think negotiations with credit monitoring services take an afternoon? That approval should be automatic before they can actually check on your identity, or do you want even more fraud on top of it?

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tituspulloJan. 16, 14 9:11 PM

secpro42Jan. 16, 14 6:06 PM Target continues to disappoint the public and professional security community. Every time something of note about the Target hack has come out it has been because someone other than Target told people about it. I'm tired of Target putting Target first and the public second. Target hasn't disclosed anything of meaningful note to the security community either.___________How do you know? The Feds are onto this...do you think that they're going to spill anything they've found, potentially ruining the chance of solving this?

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