Target data breach fuels drive for new laws

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2014 - 7:01 AM

Massive cyber threat gives a sense of urgency to long-stalled legislation.

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nonewtaxesJan. 26, 14 7:47 AM

Congress will need to pass legislation every week of the year if the want to keep up with cyber criminals. The healthcare.gov web site illustrates how well politicians understand technology. These crooks are very smart,congress, not so much.

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briechersJan. 26, 14 8:11 AM

150 years ago, it was a capital offense to steal a horse. That doesn't make sense in today's world where we try to balance the penalty with the crime committed. However, horses were generally safe from criminals on the streets unattended. Severe penalties are what our legislators should be considering. They don’t need a lot of hearings about technology they won't understand. Any crime having to do with hacking into people's personal information should have a severe penalty…I would start the discussion at 10 years behind bars with no access to technology. More depending on what they did with the information.

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threein1Jan. 26, 14 8:15 AM

"... a near-decade long congressional gridlock ... " No one ever accused Congress of being forward-thinking.

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avejoeconJan. 26, 14 8:17 AM

Let me get this straight, the Gov't run obamacare website is let unsecure and it is mandatory to use, but Al and Amy are concerned about Target's website?

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ishikawaJan. 26, 14 8:30 AM

Control freaks controlling your life.

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ohwellJan. 26, 14 8:32 AM

And where was the NSA during all of this? This is economic terrorism and they didn't stop this either. More proof their snooping very seldom works and should be stopped, at least here at home.

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kenndog54usaJan. 26, 14 8:52 AM

If companies would not be so cheap and keep up with technology, we wouldn't have so many of these issues

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masterson1Jan. 26, 14 9:03 AM

Passing a law won't help. Bad guys don't read laws.

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tvzzJan. 26, 14 9:19 AM

make it easier for users to lock or view their credit reports with no fees allowed. your social security number was never meant to be used in the manner it is being used. the number isn't even random; your year of birth and location in the usa are encoded in the number. what needs to happen is a new number random generated by atmospheric noise of at least 16-20 digits.

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optimateJan. 26, 14 9:27 AM

Let's go back to all cash transactions. No more cyber issues.

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