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Dec 24, 2013
Dec 24, 2013

Exclusive: Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs – source

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The hackers who attacked Target Corp (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and compromised up to 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation.

One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under investigation.

Dec 24, 2013

Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs – source

BOSTON/NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The hackers who attacked
Target Corp and compromised up to 40 million credit
cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal
identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments
executive familiar with the situation.

One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to
crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from
consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under
investigation.

Dec 23, 2013

Target meets with state attorneys as lawsuits pile up

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Target Corp’s general counsel, Timothy Baer, spoke with top state prosecutors on Monday to address their concerns about a massive data breach, as consumer lawsuits piled up against the retailer and two U.S. senators called for a federal probe.

Attorneys general from several states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York have asked the company to provide more information about the cyber attack, in which hackers stole data from as many as 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited Target stores during the first three weeks of the holiday shopping season.

Dec 22, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
Dec 20, 2013

Target cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards at holiday peak

BOSTON (Reuters) – Target Corp said hackers have stolen data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited its stores during the first three weeks of the holiday season in the second-largest such breach reported by a U.S. retailer.

The hackers worked at unprecedented speed, carrying out their operation from the day before Thanksgiving to this past Sunday, 19 days that are the heart of the crucial Christmas holiday sales season.

Dec 19, 2013

Target says data from 40 mln cards stolen in holiday period

Dec 19 (Reuters) – Target Corp said data from about
40 million credit and debit cards might have been stolen from
shoppers at its stores during the first three weeks of the
holiday season, in the second-largest card breach at a U.S.
retailer.

The data theft, unprecedented in its ferocity, took place
over a 19-day period that began the day before Thanksgiving.
Target said on Thursday that it identified and resolved the
issue on Dec. 15.

Dec 18, 2013

Drugmakers urge FDA security audit after cyber breach

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry and lawmakers to undergo an independent security audit, after hackers broke into a computer system used by healthcare companies to submit information to the agency.

Drug companies fear the cyber thieves may have accessed corporate secrets that are on file with the agency, such as data about drug manufacturing, clinical trials, marketing plans and other proprietary information.

Dec 9, 2013

Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: researcher

BOSTON (Reuters) – Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September’s G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis, according to research by computer security firm FireEye Inc

The hackers infiltrated the ministries’ computer networks by sending emails to staff containing tainted files with titles such as “US_military_options_in_Syria,” said FireEye, which sells virus fighting technology to companies. When recipients opened these documents, they loaded malicious code onto their personal computers.

    • 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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