Skip to comments.Target says it declined to act on early alert of cyber breach
Posted on 03/13/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT by John W
(Reuters) - Target Corp's security software detected potentially malicious activity during last year's massive data breach, but its staff decided not to take immediate action, the No. 3. U.S. retailer said on Thursday.
"With the benefit of hindsight, we are investigating whether if different judgments had been made the outcome may have been different," company spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement.
The disclosure came after it was reported on Thursday that Target's security team in Bangalore had received alerts from a FireEye Inc security system on November 30 after the attack was launched and sent them to Target headquarters in Minneapolis.
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omgosh... why get alerts if you are not going to address them? and why turn off a function that is supposed to safeguard in case of a breach? idiotic...
If they can’t be trusted with credit card info... my wallet no longer crosses the threshold. Adios, Target.
They probably get thousands of alerts every day. It’s tough to tell which ones are important.
No criticism of workers in India, they seem to have done their job, but WTF?
Ever watch Fight Club? Probably similar to how car companies deal with things. Hope to keep it under the radar and that it’ll go away. Bit them hard for that mentality.
What’s wrong with that? European and Asian companies have offices and branches here, and we have some of our services in Europe and Asia.
The thing that’s odd is that, while East Asians are well meaning but not particularly good at customer service (that is, they are very helpful and can be technically skilled, but they don’t know a thing about the US or who you’re trying to call, where they are, what the time zone is, etc.) these centers are great at data analysis. And because they’re not American, it doesn’t bother them to notify their powerful client that there’s a problem.
Pity Target didn’t pay attention.
Yes it is, but the Security team was able to determine this one was important.
Enterprises throughout America wade through these alerts and find what's important, daily.
It FAR more often that senior leaders/business leaders try to cover it up, carefully controlling the language used, while they tell IT to "fix it".
And that's often after the horse has left the barn...and their sole objective is to avoid reporting.
I see it all the time.