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40 Million Card Accounts at Risk After Data Breach, Target Says

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« on: December 19, 2013, 11:46:34 am »

40 Million Card Accounts at Risk After Data Breach, Target Says

Target says information from approximately 40 million of its customer credit and debit cards swiped in stores may have been compromised by a data breach during the height of the holiday shopping season.

The data breach occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013, at U.S. stores, Target said in a statement this morning. Target said it immediately contacted authorities and financial institutions once it became aware of the breach. The Minneapolis based-company said it was teaming with a third-party forensics firm to investigate the breach.

"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, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice."

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating but declined to provide further details.

Brian Krebs, who first broke the story for KrebsOnSecurity.com Wednesday, said the breach couldn't have come at a worse time for shoppers and Target.

"I can't think of another day in the calendar when target or anyone else could expect to have more people in stores. More deals, traffic, more swipes -- perfect day to launch an attack," Krebs told ABC News.

Krebs said the breach involved the data stored on the magnetic strip of cards used only in stores and not online. The breach, said Krebs, may extend to nearly all of the 1,797 Target stores nationwide.

"The information that's stored on the magnetic strip -- name, card number, expiration date, other info -- if bad guys can steal that card ... they can actually create a second copy," Krebs said.

If thieves can create a second copy and were able to intercept a PIN number, that could allow them to withdraw money from ATMs, said Krebs.

Customers who may have been affected should pay extra attention to their debit and credit card statements, said Krebs.

"Advice to customers -- be vigilant, pay attention to your statement if something doesn't look right," Krebs cautioned. "Whether or not you feel like you might be impacted by this breach, it's a really good idea, particularly around this time of year, to pay attention to what's on your debit and credit card statements."

While consumers will likely be reimbursed for any fraudulent charges, the refund might not come until after Christmas, creating another headache for shoppers.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 03:59:33 pm »

Can't hack cash!
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013, 12:41:26 pm »

Im thinking this might be a false flagg, to usher in chips instead of cards. And of course once you get chips they arent secure until they are in your body.

Websites Now Selling Credit, Debit Card Information Stolen In Target Breach

Hackers stealing millions of debit and credit card accounts from customers at Target has dominated the headlines. But what happens to all that stolen data?
Well, it’s up for sale. And in some cases, banks are the ones paying off the crooks to get the information back.

Security expert Neal O’Farrell says there are many sites now selling the credit and debit card numbers that were stolen from Target customers.
“Here we have a Discover card. It’s selling for $39,” says O’Farrell.
So, who is buying them?
Well, anyone can, but right now some of the primary customers are the banks themselves, trying to limit the damage.
“They sell them to not the highest bidder, but any bidder,” says O’Farrell. “It’s almost like a kind of ransom.”

So they know where these numbers are being sold, and not doing anything about it?    Huh
But numbers aren’t the only things the hackers have exposed. They also showed how vulnerable the current generation of credit cards is to fraud.
“It’s very, very old technology,” O’Farrell says.
Here in the United States, all of our card information is stored on magnetic strips, which can be easily compromised and duplicated.
But in Europe, they use a smart card technology known as “chip and pin.” The card generates a new card number with every swipe.
“It’s much safer because it’s got essentially a tiny computer on board, which has got security mechanisms,” says O’Farrell.
So, why aren’t we using “chip and pin” in the U.S.? Well, it would cost billions to replace card readers, not to mention new cards at $3 to $5 a pop.
But considering the costly fallout of credit card breaches, many Target customers say it would be a small price to pay.


Looks like the perfect false flagg, Problem-Reaction-Solution...
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013, 01:41:31 am »

Yeah, these "breaches" just add up to reasons for offering a new and "more secure" method of ID and purchases. They've been busy offering up the problem and reaction. Their "solution" is coming.
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Banks sue security firm Trustwave over Target breach: report

(Reuters) - Trustmark National Bank and Green Bank N.A. have sued security firm Trustwave for damages suffered from the holiday season data breach at Target Corp, accusing the company of failing to identify security gaps, the American Banker reported.

The two banks are seeking damages of more than $5 million and named Trustwave Holdings and Target as defendants, the American Banker said. (http://link.reuters.com/cas87v)

The banks allege that the vulnerabilities in the Target system were either undetected or ignored by Trustwave, giving hackers access to millions of card accounts and personal records, the report said.

Some 40 million payment card records were stolen from the discount retailer, along with 70 million other records with customer information such as addresses and telephone numbers, during the 2013 holiday shopping season.

Target missed multiple opportunities to thwart the hackers responsible for the unprecedented holiday shopping season data breach, U.S. Senate staffers charged in a committee report released on Tuesday.

The report also said Target gave access to its network to a third-party vendor that did not follow accepted information security practices.

Target faces dozens of potential class-action lawsuits and action from banks that could seek reimbursement for millions of dollars in losses due to fraud and the cost of card replacements.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder declined to comment on the American Banker report. Trustwave was not available for comment outside regular business hours.

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