Skip to comments.Target, Neiman Marcus and other security breaches: organized crime?
Posted on 02/25/2014 6:43:39 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Last December, Target announced up to 40 million credit cards and debit accounts may have been stolen in a sophisticated cyber theft intrusion of the corporate computer system; since then, other retailers have reported break-ins with similar hallmarks. Could this be the work of organized criminals?
There is certainly a real element of sophistication here, said Michael Sutton, a cyber security expert with Zscaler who's monitoring the Target case. There would have needed to be some reconnaissance up front to understand the network that was being targeted, the hardware and software that they were going after. They would have had to customize the malware that they used and then figured out means of exfiltrating that data and doing so without being detected.
While the Target theft and others like it may be the work of organized crime, Sutton explains, it's not necessarily the same group: I think that we're seeing the tip of the iceberg here. Because yes, Target was the first and now we're starting to see other retailers, Neiman Marcus, Michael's have also stepped forward. We don't have evidence that it's the same group, although we do know that very similar techniques were used in each situation.
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Yesterdays breach on Apple according to “experts” is worse then this breach.
US Mob maybe with the help of the Russians.
Most US Mafia is too dumb to pull this off on their own. The Russians have been doing this three days after AlGore invented the internet.
1. The NSA has been systematically putting backdoor vulnerabilities into the Net's security infrastructure.
2. As we learned from the massive Snowden leaks, the NSA's internal security is pathetically bad.
3. Conclusion: The NSA's "secret" backdoors probably aren't all that secret -- anybody could have gotten access by having an agent hired as a contractor and snooped into the agency's files, and we'd never know.