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Target Hackers Wrote Partly in Russian, Displayed High Skill, Report Finds
Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 6:36 p.m. ET | Danny Yadron

Posted on 01/17/2014 8:30:56 AM PST by Olog-hai

The holiday data breach at Target Corp. appeared to be part of a broad and highly sophisticated international hacking campaign against multiple retailers, according to a report prepared by federal and private investigators that was sent to financial-services companies and retailers. […]

Parts of the malicious computer code used against Target’s credit-card readers had been on the Internet’s black market since last spring and were partly written in Russian, people familiar with the report said. Both details suggest the attack may have ties to organized crime in the former Soviet Union, former U.S. officials said. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: databreach; hackers; russianmafia; target; transmittovladimir

1 posted on 01/17/2014 8:30:56 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I’m amazed that the NSA database isn’t partially funded with stolen credit card funds. It’s not like they don’t have the account numbers and PINs.


2 posted on 01/17/2014 8:33:55 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
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To: Olog-hai

organized crime in the former Soviet Union?...Send in your drones, Obama!


3 posted on 01/17/2014 8:35:53 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Olog-hai
Imagine if these hackers had designed the Obamacare website.
They understand Internet manipulation, lies, and corruption. Perfect.
4 posted on 01/17/2014 8:37:31 AM PST by July4
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To: Olog-hai

If Russian hackers could access millions of credit cards for identity theft from a reasonably secure system imagine what they could get from the Obamacare web site that is virtually wide open.


5 posted on 01/17/2014 8:38:39 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
“organized crime in the former Soviet Union?...Send in your drones, Obama!

Yeah. That's got a shot. Bullies never mess with guys who might put a real hurting on them.

6 posted on 01/17/2014 8:41:55 AM PST by July4
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To: The Great RJ

“If Russian hackers could access millions of credit cards for identity theft from a reasonably secure system imagine what they could get from the Obamacare web site that is virtually wide open.”
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How do we know they haven’t done so already? ;-(


7 posted on 01/17/2014 8:47:16 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: July4

Why do you rule that out?


8 posted on 01/17/2014 8:48:28 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Olog-hai

We spend billions working to find out stuff that was known a decade ago. Why this country isn’t already a smoking crater can only be explained by the notion that intact, there is so much wealth to rip off here that it’s vastly more intelligent to keep us alive. We’re the world’s golden tumor.


9 posted on 01/17/2014 8:51:05 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Probably because of this.
10 posted on 01/17/2014 8:51:32 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Forget Target, beware of your ice box!

The Obama spying on America expands to your kitchen!!!

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-refrigerator-hacked-internet-of-things-cyber-attack-20140116,0,5757808.story#axzz2qd96IDpg

:)


11 posted on 01/17/2014 8:57:39 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: Olog-hai

There is no limit to the Zero’s deceit.


12 posted on 01/17/2014 8:59:10 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Olog-hai

Is there any surprise? I thought it was always thought that Russian and Eastern European computer programmers were the best. Because they learned on obsolete equipment and didn’t have as much software to depend on, they developed very strong skills. I don’t know if that stereotype holds up today, as they get more advanced equipment.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 9:02:16 AM PST by grania
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To: faithhopecharity
About the spying....around here they're installing a new water-meter reading system. It's a computer that sends information from your house to a collection area, with it beaming out very often.

It totally creeps me out that a beam is leaving my house every few minutes, monitoring my use of water. Consumers don't have any choice about switching over to the new system.

14 posted on 01/17/2014 9:05:19 AM PST by grania
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To: Olog-hai
Target Hackers Wrote Partly in Russian, Displayed High Skill, Report Finds

There a number of ways to secure your data.

First is never use microsoft servers facing the Internet.

Use an operating system designed forty years ago;
designed to operate safely in a hostile environment.


15 posted on 01/17/2014 9:22:38 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: grania

the gas and electric people are doing similar things to your home (or soon will)

pretty soon your house is going to be sending at least 69 intelligence signals all about you into Obama’s NSA headquarters

a sensor on your ice box
a sensor on your toaster
a sensor on your toilet
a sensor on your electric meter
a sensor on your gas meter
a sensor on your water meter
a sensor in your tv
a sensor in your bed
a sensor above your bed
of course, all your purchases are monitored
as are all your emails
all your online postings
and all your snail-mail envelopes, too
OH YES! your car is spying on you in real time
as is your cellphone.

Transforming America! Yippee!

ps: please make your show interesting/exciting/sexy/stimulating for the nice NSA monitor people, they must get awfully bored watching me! ha!


16 posted on 01/17/2014 9:23:55 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: grania

“I thought it was always thought that Russian and Eastern European computer programmers were the best.”

Asians seem to be very prone to an OCD-like personality that is crucial for raw programming and engineering.

Western Europeans seem to be more laid back and creative types.

Eastern Europeans seem more likely to have mix of both. The best programmers/engineers are obsessive with detail and also creative. Some of the best programmers, engineers and chess players are from there.

Unfortunately, these types also tend to be either greedy or self destructive due to their perception of the world. Hence the incredible amount of corruption and addiction in Russia, Ukraine etc.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 9:27:17 AM PST by varyouga
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To: grania

ps: also get ready for drones to follow you around town, too:

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/senator-dianne-feinstein-encounter-with-drone-technology-privacy-surveillance-102233.html


18 posted on 01/17/2014 9:36:11 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: faithhopecharity
...they must get awfully bored watching me!

Me too. It's amazing that those of us who have nothing to hide are the most irritated about living in a fishbowl.

19 posted on 01/17/2014 9:37:29 AM PST by grania
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To: mongo141
How do we know they haven’t done so already? ;-(

Not enough people have registered yet to make it worthwhile. /s

20 posted on 01/17/2014 9:44:23 AM PST by ken in texas
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To: Olog-hai

So why can’t the NSA find these people?
Their target is not criminals but US!


21 posted on 01/17/2014 9:48:46 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Why this country isn’t already a smoking crater can only be explained by the notion that intact, there is so much wealth to rip off here that it’s vastly more intelligent to keep us alive. We’re the world’s golden tumor.

Ding, ding, ding - we have a winnah!

22 posted on 01/17/2014 9:49:50 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: faithhopecharity

Washing machines too - the ones that can self-diagnose and call the repair center...


23 posted on 01/17/2014 9:50:58 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: BuffaloJack
I’m amazed that the NSA database isn’t partially funded with stolen credit card funds.

Can you prove that it isn't?

24 posted on 01/17/2014 9:52:39 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: grania

yes, well ... a man’s home is supposed to be his castle (private, like with a moat around it)

not his broadcasting studio...


25 posted on 01/17/2014 10:00:46 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve gotten several BitLocker attempts from Russia


26 posted on 01/17/2014 10:02:30 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: faithhopecharity

Honestly, you shouldn’t be allowing your refrigerator to access your wireless network.
I periodically check my network to see who is accessing it. Since none of my neighbors can access it, it helps to know who is using it.


27 posted on 01/17/2014 10:04:49 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: AppyPappy

What is that? A bitlocker?

At first I felt safe with this whole Target business. I didn’t shop there during the official dates given.
I have shopped there occasionally over the past year - so now we know the hackers have our “guest info” - name, address, phone number.
I’m pretty sure they don’t have my email.

I have - twice- received strange texts trying to entice me into visiting links I never clicked on.
I just deleted the texts, and so far that seems to be my only problem.


28 posted on 01/17/2014 10:13:17 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Scotswife

The Bitlocker virus encrypts your hard drive (and any attached drives) and offers to give you the key to unlock them for several thousand dollars.
I’s one of the reasons for using a virtual machine for normal web browsing and email.

I never gave Target any info so I am not worried about Target.


29 posted on 01/17/2014 10:28:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: AppyPappy
Which VM setup do you recommend?

Thanks

30 posted on 01/17/2014 11:11:35 AM PST by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Prov1322

I get mine for free so I use Oracle’s Virtual Box.


31 posted on 01/17/2014 11:32:58 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Prov1322

I’m using Oracle’s VirtualBox on Ubuntu to host a Windows7 OS running a huge .net application that uses a specialized bit of usb hardware. Oddly this all works pretty well, modulo any program droppage of usb hardware. This has to be manually reattached to the VM (mouse clicking) when this happens. All of this is free except the Windows7 copy, and it needs to be a fully licenced copy, unburdened of a particular pc.


32 posted on 01/17/2014 11:36:16 AM PST by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: Mycroft Holmes; AppyPappy
Thank you both!
33 posted on 01/17/2014 1:47:39 PM PST by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: BuffaloJack

>> I’m amazed that the NSA database isn’t partially funded with stolen credit card funds.

OMG, that’s so funny!


34 posted on 01/17/2014 1:49:54 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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