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Baby-faced teen suspected in Target data breach that hit 110M
NY Post ^ | 1-18-14 | Kaja Whitehouse

Posted on 01/18/2014 7:43:09 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

This baby-faced teen is a key suspect in developing the software that was used in the massive security breach that hit as many as 110 million Target shoppers last holiday season, according to a shocking new report.

In addition, the malicious software, or malware, has infected the payment systems of six other retailers — a possible sign that a half-dozen other attacks are underway, a California cyber-security firm said in the report.

The firm, IntelCrawler, which has tracked the malware’s architect for months, ut/press08″>said on Friday that its main suspect is this boy in the photo.

He’s a 17-year-old with “roots” in St.Petersburg, Russia, who goes by the online nickname “ree4,” according to the report and conversations with executives from IntelCrawler.

IntelCrawler CEO Andrew Komarov didn’t accuse the young man of the Target heist but said he believes he developed the software used to skim credit card numbers and other personal data from millions of Target shoppers.

The malware, known as BlackPOS, has been downloaded at least 60 times since it was

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; US: California
KEYWORDS: andrewkomarov; blackpos; california; cybercrime; databreach; russia; target

1 posted on 01/18/2014 7:43:09 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The credit card companies should develop a hit team to take care of the little bastard and others like him.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 7:46:17 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

I was almost gonna say... the USA should offer the little punk a job. He obviously has skills and talent.

But then I realized, he would STILL be used against U.S. citizens.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 7:50:45 AM PST by moovova
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The article doesn’t make clear whether this 17-year-old Russian suspect was arrested yet, neither did it reveal the suspect’s current location, only that he had roots in St. Petersberg, Russia.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 7:54:46 AM PST by wtd
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To: wtd

Hopefully the roots are six feet down.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 7:57:29 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Why can’t these people target machines at the IRS, EPA, or NSA?

They are the TRUE enemies of this country.


6 posted on 01/18/2014 8:04:21 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
And the NSA had no clue.

7 posted on 01/18/2014 8:06:15 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: afraidfortherepublic
Ah yes, I'd recognize him anywhere!

Sergey Taraspov (ree4)

(don't shoot until you see the whites of his eyes...)

8 posted on 01/18/2014 8:09:01 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The issue isn’t the software or the age of the turd. It’s that he got to age 17 without any standards of right or wrong.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 8:12:54 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He will get a job with retail industry or the government.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 8:15:48 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
a key suspect

Have you ever seen a movie titled "Arlington Road"?

Ever since seeing that movie several years ago I began to notice how rapidly the government moves to assure us the threat has passed.

The government moved swiftly to identify and detain all suspects are we are once again secure in returning to our normal lives.

11 posted on 01/18/2014 8:16:32 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

With all the “E-File” on Income Taxes there has to be some “Pajama Boy” type sitting in ‘nama’s basement working out the code to bust into the IRS data bases. Maybe we’ll all get a refund out of “Obama’s Stash”. BTW if the IRS data is so secure why can’t the Obama Care data be secured? Its a puzzlement.


12 posted on 01/18/2014 8:17:01 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: MosesKnows
Arlington Road

It's a must-see movie. It was ahead of its time, and really got people thinking about the threats we face and how we react.

13 posted on 01/18/2014 8:19:05 AM PST by grania
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To: afraidfortherepublic

"I thought I told Finster not to play with the dirty money"

14 posted on 01/18/2014 8:22:04 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: MosesKnows

I especially noticed that after the Boston Marathon bombings. It’s like they swept past all the other stages of grief and went right into acceptance with their “Boston Strong”.

Now granted, that hockey game tribute video was awesome, and of course I don’t want to gainsay anyone’s healing.

I’m talking about the coverage - usually they pick on the slightest scab for days or months, when it suits their purpose.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 8:26:01 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: MosesKnows
Ever since seeing that movie several years ago I began to notice how rapidly the government moves to assure us the threat has passed.

Yes, notice how Target first pointed out that only people who swiped their cards in the store were at risk. Now, not so much. If I have to shop at Target for anything, I'm using cash.

16 posted on 01/18/2014 8:46:50 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If I have to shop at Target for anything, I’m using cash.”

Apparently it’s more than just Target that got hit - that’s the one we know about. We received email re an Amazon shipment that was on its way but we hadn’t ordered anything from Amazon so went ahead and cancelled the debit and/or credit cards for everyone in the family and are having reissued - one for each person and for an extreme emergency only. We are also going to be using cash for all purchases and although inconvenient, will be cash withdrawn directly from a bank teller, not an ATM, or we will buy gift cards from our credit union which does not charge any fee for doing so. We just don’t have any extra money for anyone to be stealing so these extra steps might help.


17 posted on 01/18/2014 9:00:20 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He should be publicly flogged to death, naked with barbed wire while being hosed down with hot, strong vinegar.

But then, I’m a moderate.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 9:09:57 AM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
In addition, the malicious software, or malware, has infected the payment systems of six other retailers -- a possible sign that a half-dozen other attacks are underway... IntelCrawler, which has tracked the malware’s architect for months said on Friday that its main suspect is... a 17-year-old with “roots” in St.Petersburg, Russia, who goes by the online nickname “ree4,”...
May his next photograph be taken in the morgue. Thanks afraidfortherepublic.
19 posted on 01/18/2014 9:15:53 AM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Farmer Dean
The credit card companies should develop a hit team to take care of the little bastard and others like him.

Apparently this is the way the banks want things to be.

The real problem is we are the only developed nation that has not adopted the chip and PIN standard in our credit and debit cards. We're still using magnetic strip technology from the 1960s. That's why crooks target U.S. payment systems for hacking.

If you've not seen the chip I'm talking about, it's a little silver shiny thing that is about a third of an inch square. That chip means that even if a crook can capture your card info, they can't duplicate the card.

The changeover to the chip system is slowly starting to happen; when your credit card renews and you get a new one in the mail, it will likely have a chip in it.

But if you're wondering why we are the only developed nation not using chip and PIN, it's because of the powerful bank lobby in Washington. The banks felt it was cheaper for them to deal with fraud than to wholly switch to a new system that would practically eliminate criminal breaches.
Source
20 posted on 01/18/2014 9:25:04 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Grams A

The email could have been a fraud. Always check the source of the return address first.


21 posted on 01/18/2014 9:30:03 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“BlackPOS”

Barry 0bummer?


22 posted on 01/18/2014 9:33:00 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Nope. Not believing a word of this.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 9:52:12 AM PST by bgill
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To: huldah1776

We did and yes it was a fraud but my son called Amazon and while he was on the phone with them re the email, he did receive an email from Amazon giving us info on the shipment of a small, inexpensive antenna. Guess they thought if the small one went through unnoticed, they would up the ante next time. Been there, done that and don’t want to go through it again.

One of the first things I now religiously do is check the source for emails from people and places I don’t recognize. Experience is, indeed, a great teacher!


24 posted on 01/18/2014 11:12:38 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

I didn’t even think about a real email! when I get email from places I have shopped in the past and don’t want to read them I just delete! One way to keep track would be to read it, yikes.


25 posted on 01/18/2014 11:17:33 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: Farmer Dean

I have always said this won’t stop until they start executing those caught hacking.

If not literally, figuratively. Totally cut them off from any technology. O’Reilly’s Island idea...dump them all on an island with some food, shelter and nothing else.


26 posted on 01/18/2014 1:09:50 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Farmer Dean
The credit card companies should develop a hit team to take care of the little bastard and others like him.

If they're smart, they'll hire him first.

27 posted on 01/18/2014 1:11:26 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Shwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
If you've not seen the chip I'm talking about, it's a little silver shiny thing that is about a third of an inch square. That chip means that even if a crook can capture your card info, they can't duplicate the card.

Put the chip there and the card can be read from 20' away.

28 posted on 01/18/2014 1:44:56 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Shwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I think those are the RFID cards not the “chip and PIN” cards.


29 posted on 01/18/2014 3:18:38 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I joked about it being a Bulgarian or Russian. Guess I was right. If this account is true then who are the criminals who used his software to steal customer CC account information and steal millions? Are these gangs in Russia or Europe? In America? China?


30 posted on 01/18/2014 3:23:11 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
ree4 = reefer?

-PJ

31 posted on 01/18/2014 3:23:31 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
I think those are the RFID cards not the “chip and PIN” cards.

There is no other way for the “chip and PIN” card to communicate than by RF. If it can be read remotely, then it can be hacked remotely. I actually carry the card in a fold of foil in my wallet to interfere with the signal.

32 posted on 01/18/2014 3:27:25 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Shwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Execute the bastard.


33 posted on 01/18/2014 3:28:02 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Farmer Dean
The credit card companies should develop a hit team to take care of the little bastard and others like him.

He's not the real talent. Reportedly, his $2k malware utility was developed in VBScript.

The real talent is whoever broke into Target's network, enabling them to deploy the malware.

34 posted on 01/18/2014 3:33:10 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Was the malware named after obama?

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


35 posted on 01/18/2014 7:10:42 PM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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