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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.

Jan 10, 2014

Target boosts data breach toll as prosecutors launch 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. retailer said on Friday, as state attorneys general announced a nationwide investigation into the cyber-attack.

The personal information of at least 70 million customers was stolen by cyber-criminals, including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, Target said. Previously, it said data was stolen from some 40 million credit and debit cards between November 27 and December 15.

Jan 10, 2014

Target says data breach affects 70 million customers

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. retailer Target Corp said on Friday at least 70 million customers were affected by a cyber-attack over the holiday shopping season, nearly double its original estimate, and warned the stolen data was more detailed than first thought.

Target’s announcement raised fears among security analysts that the No. 3 U.S. retailer has not yet fully grasped the scope of the data breach, which is considered the second biggest credit card attack in retail history.

Jan 7, 2014

John McAfee: glad Intel dropping name from security software

BOSTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – John McAfee, the flamboyant
millionaire who founded a pioneering anti-virus software company
that Intel Corp bought for $7.7 billion, says he is
glad that the chipmaker plans to drop his name from its
products.

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich announced the decision
to abandon the McAfee name late on Monday at the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying the company plans to adopt
the “Intel Security” brand.

Jan 7, 2014

John McAfee says glad Intel dropping his name from security software

BOSTON (Reuters) – John McAfee, the flamboyant millionaire who founded the eponymous anti-virus software pioneer that Intel Corp bought for $7.7 billion, says he is glad that the chipmaker plans to drop his name from the product.

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich announced the decision to abandon the McAfee name late on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying the company plans to transition those products to the “Intel Security” brand.

Jan 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014

FireEye buys cyber forensics firm Mandiant for about $1 billion

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc, one of last year’s hottest IPOs, has acquired Mandiant Corp, the computer forensics specialist best known for unveiling a secretive Chinese military unit believed to be behind a series of hacking attacks on U.S. companies.

The $1.05 billion cash-and-stock deal, which FireEye said closed on Monday, unites two companies with relatively new technologies for thwarting cyber attacks, and brings together two of the most-respected executives in the security industry: FireEye CEO Dave DeWalt and Mandiant founder Kevin Mandia.

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    • 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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