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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 09:05 PM

Target victim of major credit card breach

Source: Reuters

Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target Corp customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend in a major breach at the U.S. retailer, according to a person familiar with matter.

Investigators believe the data was obtained via software installed on machines that customers use to swipe magnetic strips on their cards when paying for merchandise at Target stores, according to the person who was not authorized to discuss the matter.

Krebs on Security, a blog that first reported the news, said that breach involved nearly all Target outlets in the United States, citing sources at two credit card issuers.

The breach could have extended from just after Thanksgiving to December 15, Krebs said, citing evidence from investigators.


Read more: http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78605327/

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Reply Target victim of major credit card breach (Original post)
Redfairen Dec 2013 OP
trumad Dec 2013 #1
Newsjock Dec 2013 #2
bananas Dec 2013 #3
bananas Dec 2013 #4
Kurovski Dec 2013 #5
bananas Dec 2013 #6
greyl Dec 2013 #8
Sherman A1 Dec 2013 #7
Redfairen Dec 2013 #9
PasadenaTrudy Dec 2013 #10
RebelOne Dec 2013 #11
shanti Dec 2013 #12
Berlum Dec 2013 #13
bigworld Dec 2013 #14
Silver Gaia Dec 2013 #15
NeoConsSuck Dec 2013 #16
PasadenaTrudy Dec 2013 #17

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 09:15 PM

1. Somebody left the keys to the castle on the door step.

 

This could be as big as the TJ Max fiasco.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 09:29 PM

2. WSJ: Possibly 40,000 terminals affected

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304773104579266743230242538

... It is believed that the breach affected roughly 40,000 card devices at store registers, which could mean that millions of cardholders could be vulnerable, according to the people familiar with the incident. They also warned that details could change significantly as the investigation proceeds.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 04:56 AM

3. CBS: "nearly all of Target's 1,797 stores in the United States"

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/target-customers-hit-in-major-credit-card-security-breach/

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Krebs on Security, a closely watched security industry blog that broke the news, said the breach involved nearly all of Target's 1,797 stores in the United States, citing sources at two credit card issuers. The report said that "track data" from at least 1 million payment cards was thought to have been stolen before Target uncovered the operation, but that the number could be significantly higher.

"When all is said and done, this one will put its mark up there with some of the largest retail breaches to date," the report cited an unnamed source as saying.

<snip>

The data breach at Target could have extended from just after Thanksgiving to December 15, Krebs said, citing evidence from investigators.

<snip>

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Response to bananas (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 05:02 AM

4. "just after Thanksgiving to December 15" nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 05:05 AM

5. Oh shit.

I hate xmas.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 05:20 AM

6. That link is weird, giving me "Unable to find an internet connection. Please try again."

View source shows it's in the webpage html, not generated by my browser.

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Response to bananas (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 05:31 AM

8. Enable javascript on the page and it'll work. nt

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 05:25 AM

7. Time to check your statements

and possibly get a replacement card (number) from your credit card company. In the end it will be the credit card company that takes the hits. For those who used debit cards, I would check with your bank promptly and get a new card.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 11:11 AM

9. 40 million credit & debit card accounts compromised

Retailer Target revealed Thursday that 40 million of its customers’ credit and debit card accounts may have been revealed to cyber-criminals who gained unauthorized access to the store’s payment card data.

The company said the customer names, debit or credit card numbers, card expiration dates were taken, along with the three-digit security codes often imprinted on the backs of cards, known as CVVs. With that information, it would be easy for criminals to ring up purchases at most Web sites. The company said it immediately notified law enforcement authorities and financial institutions after discovering the breach, though this is its first notice to customers.

The breach affected those shopping at the height of the holiday shopping season, Target said, between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Consumers and companies are at particularly high-risk for data breaches during the holidays, as the increased volume of transactions can mask other irregularities that can tip companies off to a problem.

“Target’s first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chairman, president and chief executive officer in a statement. “We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”

http://m.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/target-data-breach-affects-40-million-accounts-payment-info-compromised/2013/12/19/5cc71f22-68b1-11e3-ae56-22de072140a2_story.html?tid=HP_top

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 11:32 AM

10. Crap

Time to get new cards for me then. I just checked my online bank acct and everything is cool for now, but...

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:18 PM

11. There is a Target almost around the corner

from my house. I used to shop there all the time. But I haven't gone there in a couple of years. I guess some little voice was telling me to stay away.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:25 PM

12. oh no

i had a transaction with them a few days ago....

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:51 PM

13. Ayyyyy carumba

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:55 PM

14. We really need the chip - and - PIN cards like they have in the UK

Security, I would think, would be so much better.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2013, 09:45 AM

15. I talked to my students about this tonight, and two of them had been affected by this.

They both said there were charges made to an "online dating service" for amounts under $10. The banks told them that this is something hackers/identity thieves sometimes do to check to see if it's working--rack up some small charge first--and that the "online dating service" probably isn't even a real thing. Anyhow, I was surprised. There were only 8 students in class tonight (Friday night class right before Christmas), and 2 had been affected.

I guess I need to get a new debit card. I shop at Target a lot because it's the closest store to my house. Bummer.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2013, 10:39 AM

16. They have a 10% off this weekend

as a way to make amends for the cc snafu. Worked great for me, I had to purchase about $120 in items anyway. But for the next two months or so, I will need to check my CC transactions twice daily, since I used that card at Target during the period the hackers operated.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2013, 10:56 AM

17. I called my cc company

and let them know I used my card there. I'm keeping my eye on my statement. Ordered a new debit card from my credit union. My current one is now cancelled. Guess that's all I can do for now!

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