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Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014

Target says criminals attacked with stolen vendor credentials

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp said on Wednesday that the theft of a vendor’s credentials helped cyber criminals pull off a massive theft of customer data during the holiday shopping season in late 2013.

It was the first indication of how networks at the No. 3 U.S. retailer were breached, resulting in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit card records and 70 million other records with customer information such as addresses and telephone numbers.

Jan 26, 2014

Israeli defence computer hacked via tainted email -cyber firm

JERUSALEM/BOSTON Jan 26 (Reuters) – Hackers broke into an
Israeli defence ministry computer via an email attachment
tainted with malicious software that looked like it had been
sent by the country’s Shin Bet secret security service, an
Israeli cyber security firm said on Sunday.

Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Seculert, said the
hackers earlier this month temporarily took over 15 computers,
one of them belonging to Israel’s Civil Administration that
monitors Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territory.

Jan 25, 2014

U.S. retailer Michaels warns of possible payment card breach

BOSTON (Reuters) – Michaels, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, said on Saturday it is working with federal law enforcement officials to investigate a possible data breach on its systems that process payment cards.

“We are concerned there may have been a data security attack on Michaels that may have affected our customers’ payment card information and we are taking aggressive action to determine the nature and scope of the issue,” Chief Executive Chuck Rubin said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Jan 23, 2014

FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The FBI has warned U.S.
retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering
about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same
kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in
the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a
confidential, three-page report to retail companies last week
describing the risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that
infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, which include cash
registers and credit-card swiping machines found in store
checkout aisles.

Jan 23, 2014

Exclusive: FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a confidential, three-page report to retail companies last week describing the risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, which include cash registers and credit-card swiping machines found in store checkout aisles.

Jan 22, 2014

Russia hacked hundreds of Western, Asian companies: security firm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic – rather than political – gains.

According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign include energy and technology firms, some of which have lost valuable intellectual property.

Jan 20, 2014
Jan 17, 2014

Cybercrime firm says uncovers 6 active attacks on U.S. merchants

BOSTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A cybercrime firm says it has
uncovered at least six ongoing attacks at U.S. merchants whose
credit card processing systems are infected with the same type
of malicious software used to steal data from Target Corp
.

Andrew Komarov, chief executive of the cybersecurity firm
IntelCrawler, told Reuters that his company has alerted law
enforcement, Visa Inc and intelligence teams at several
large banks about the findings. He said payment card data was
stolen in the attacks, though he didn’t know how much.

    • About Jim

      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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