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Jan 16, 2014

U.S. government warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has provided merchants with information gleaned from its confidential investigation into the massive data breach at Target Corp in an effort to help them thwart similar attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday privately released an analysis of advanced malicious software and techniques threatening merchants in a report titled “Indicators for Network Defenders.”

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. govt warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers

BOSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has provided
merchants with information gleaned from its confidential
investigation into the massive data breach at Target Corp
in an effort to help them thwart similar attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday privately
released an analysis of advanced malicious software and
techniques threatening merchants in a report titled “Indicators
for Network Defenders.”

Jan 16, 2014

HealthCare.gov security again under scrutiny by politicians

BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A cybersecurity
professional warned that the U.S. government failed to implement
fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers at a
congressional hearing that Democratic lawmakers claimed was
politically motivated.

“HealthCare.gov is not secure today,” David Kennedy, head of
computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, said at a
Thursday hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology
Committee.

Jan 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. government failed to secure Obamacare site: experts

BOSTON (Reuters) – A group of cyber security professionals is warning that the U.S. government has failed to implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers, some three months after experts first pointed out the problem.

David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters that the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1.

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. government failed to secure Obamacare site – experts

BOSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A group of cyber security
professionals is warning that the U.S. government has failed to
implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from
hackers, some three months after experts first pointed out the
problem.

David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm
TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters that the government has yet to plug
more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts
reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went
live on Oct. 1.

Jan 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2014

Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks – sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S. retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar breaches may have occurred earlier last year.

Jan 12, 2014

More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks -sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Target Corp
and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks
were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year,
according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants
that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S.
retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques
as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the
attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar
breaches may have occurred earlier last year.

Jan 11, 2014

Target breach worse than thought, states launch joint probe

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – The data breach at Target Corp over the holiday shopping season was far bigger than initially thought, the U.S. company said on Friday, as state prosecutors announced a nationwide probe into the second-biggest retail cyber attack on record.

Target said an investigation has found that the hackers stole the personal information of at least 70 million customers, including names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. Previously, the No.3 U.S. retailer said the hackers stole data from 40 million credit and debit cards.

    • 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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