Target Breach Blog Posts

By The High Risk Guys

Breaches Show that Big Box Stores Are Not Immune to Hackers

A year ago, people were confused with the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches. How could that happen to such established, lucrative, and large companies? Well, we quickly learned through other “big box” and chain hackings that no company is immune. From TJ MAXX, to Panda Express, to Home Depot, hackings are becoming more and more common, and many are thinking of forgoing using their plastic payment cards at all. However, as small business, you still need to take protections to ensure that your customers are safe, and therefore they can use their plastic payment cards. Even though every business […]

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Target’s Debit Card is Very Unpopular with Customers

Thanks to Target’s massive data breach, nearly one year ago, many customers are hesitant to use Target’s debit and credit cards. More so, many are boycotting Target all together, due to the overwhelming affect the breach had on over 10 million people. Now, while there are some hackings that not even the most secure software can catch, Target is still getting a lot of blame for it occurring. While this seems as though it might only affect Target, it also affects those who had credit issues from the breach. Many are now looking to repair their credit. This is where […]

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Is our Data & Payment information Secure?

Millions of consumers have been exposed to identity theft by recent data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, and the debate over how to solve payment security problems in the United States continues. There is an outcry from citizens which is prompting the government to consider regulatory action. The lawmakers at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on breaches have recommended establishing; a federal standard requiring businesses to notify customers immediately when there is a breach in private data. Target’s aim at preventing these incidents from happening will be to upgrade the point of sale terminals at all of its U.S. […]

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Why Did Target Pass a PCI Inspection Just Before The Breach?

After the notorious data breach in December that compromised 40 million customers’ payment card numbers, Target has announced recently that just 3 months before this occurred; they passed its latest Payment Card Industry (PCI) inspection with flying colors. Clearly, this has come as a shock to many and has sparked many confused questions. Target, which is based in Minneapolis, has joined the long and ever-growing list of retailers and payment processors that have passed their latest annual PCI inspection, only to report terrible breaches under a year later. The news of their passing of the PCI inspection came on the […]

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Barclays’ Recent Data Breach Similar to Target Scandal – But is it Worse?

The recent revelation of how Barclays Bank managed to lose a significant amount of personal customer data has shocked the world. According to the Mail on Sunday, 27,000 Barclays customers fell victim to this by “rogue City traders” who somehow got hold of the information. According to the company itself, the data was collected from customers of its Barclays Financial Planning unit, which was closed in 2011. This unit used questionnaires to obtain data such as earnings, medical information, passport numbers and even National Insurance numbers. The real question to ask at this point is, why would so many customers […]

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Breach in Target Security Shows Possibility that PCI is not Properly Set Up for Merchants

After the Target credit card breach was first reported by Brian Krebs on December 18, 2013 on the KrebsonSecurity blog, he made sure to mention that the breach took place at the store’s physical locations, and did not involve its e-commerce site. Details about the security breach that were reported in the media stated that it found that the Target credit card breach rivaled the 2007 TJX Companies breach involving T.J. Maxx in 2007 where an estimated 100 million card numbers were stolen, and the Heartland Payment Systems Inc. breach in 2009. After the T.J. Maxx breach, PCI, Visa, and […]

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