Who hacked Target and Neiman Marcus?
While corporate spokespeople for both Target and more recently Neiman Marcus are quick to downplay the damage done by their thus far anonymous hackers, according to Reuters, at least three other stores had their computer systems breached over the recent holiday shopping season. In truth, while new information is scare, an anonymous source at a Target store in Rancho Cucamonga, California confirmed that the damage done by the hackers is significant enough that security experts believe the more recent attack on the luxury-retailer Neiman Marcus could be connected to the earlier massive data theft at Target.
President of Crowdstrike Service, Shawn Henry, stated: “They very well could be related. “Oftentimes we see these organized crime groups operating out of the former Soviet Union that are looking to target companies that maintain large swaths of data and these attacks seem to be somewhat similar indicating there could be some relation.”
While Target recently stated the attack on their network was far worse than first believed and that the perpetrators stole personal information from at least 70 million customers, at present the company is still uncertain of the final figures. Gregg Steinhafel, chairman and chief operating officer of Target admitted to the press: We don’t know the full extent of what transpired but what we do know is that there was malware installed on our point of sale registers; that much we’ve established.”
He hastened to add: “We’ve removed that malware so we can provide a safe and secure shopping environment” and assured customers that they will not be liable for fraudulent charges and may qualify for one year of free credit monitoring.
Neiman Marcus has yet to release details as to how many customers have been affected. They did report that they “have taken significant steps to further enhance information security” and have begun “to notify customers whose cards . . . were used fraudulently after making a purchase” at their stores.
Henry offered the press a straight forward albeit less comforting evaluation of the situation: “With how vast these networks are, it’s difficult if not impossible to completely protect them. If you build a 10-foot firewall, they bring a 12-foot ladder and they’re into the organization. These sophisticated adversaries are so calculated and they’re always moving one step ahead of our defenses.”
The Secret Service has been asked to further investigate the issue.
Who hacked Target and Neiman Marcus? At this point, it is still unknown.
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