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The Wall Street Journal|wsj.com

The holiday data breach at Target Corp. appeared to be part of a broad and highly sophisticated international hacking campaign against multiple retailers, according to a report prepared by federal and private investigators that was sent to financial services companies and retailers.

The report offers some of the first details to emerge about the source of the attack that compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts and personal data for 70 million people. It also provided further evidence the attack on Target during peak holiday shopping was part of a concerted effort by skilled hackers.

Parts of the malicious computer code used against Target’s credit card readers had been on the Internet’s black market since last spring and were partly written in Russian, people familiar with the report said. Both details suggest the attack may have ties to organized crime in the former Soviet Union, former U.S. officials said. read more »

 

Target Corp. was hit by an extensive theft of its customers’ credit card and debit card data over the busy Black Friday weekend, people familiar with the matter said, in what appears to be a brazen breach of a major retailer’s information security.

The theft was national in scope and happened in stores, not online, and may have involved tampering with the machines customers use to swipe their cards when making purchases, the people said.

The Secret Service is investigating the breach, a spokesman said, but wouldn’t discuss details of the incident while the investigation is ongoing. Secret Service often investigates significant hacks of credit card data, as part of its mission is to safeguard the country’s financial infrastructure and payment systems.

Target didn’t respond to requests for comment. read more »

 
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