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  • Meet Izzy, the Down syndrome toddler who is melting hearts in Target's latest holiday ad

    12/24/2014 4:37:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | , 24 December 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    A toddler with Down syndrome is the adorable new star of Target's latest toy ad. Two-year-old Izzy Bradley wears a pink lace dress and leopard tights as she plays with a $49 activity cube in the heartwarming print ad for the retail giant. Izzy was chosen to model for Target after the company reached out to the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network in search of models. Izzy's mom, Heather Bradley, heads the Stillwater, Minneapolis chapter of the DSDN and told CBS Minnesota that she is grateful that Target is raising awareness for the genetic condition. 'I think it really normalizes Down...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • BREAKING: Politico Story Confirms Michelle Obama Was Lying About Racist Incident At Target

    12/19/2014 2:21:55 PM PST · by RummyChick · 149 replies
    gotnews ^ | 12/19 | johnson
    Michelle Obama was lying about a racist incident at her September 29, 2011 trip to Target in a People Magazine story, Gotnews.com has learned. The careful orchestrated press event occurred in Alexandria, Virginia’s Route 1 Target store. Obama has told two different, conflicting accounts about her Target experience. The first time she claimed she helped someone because of her height in a 2012 appearance with David Letterman. Now she’s claiming there was a racist incident in People Magazine. She is also lying about having any interactions with customers. In fact, the store was under strict control by the Secret Service...
  • Charming Story Mrs. Obama Told Two Years Ago, She Now Casts as Racist Incident

    12/18/2014 1:02:10 PM PST · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 12-18-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yesterday we made mention of the fact that Barack Obama was running around talking about the fact that one time, that time long ago, he was insulted that somebody thought he was a valet. Not when he was president. Over seven years ago, somebody thought he was a valet, and that meant the United States was racist. That meant that he had a legitimate chip on his shoulder, and his wife was running around saying (summarized), "Yeah, I went into Target, and I was first lady. Now, I was in disguise, but I went into Target and somebody asked...
  • Who Boycotts Wal-Mart? Social-justice warriors too enlightened to let their poor neighbors..

    11/30/2014 8:40:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Columbia County, Ark. — There’s no sign of it here in Magnolia, Ark., but the boycott season is upon us, and graduates of Princeton and Bryn Mawr are demanding “justice” from Wal-Mart, which is not in the justice business but in the groceries, clothes, and car-batteries business. It is easy to scoff, but I am ready to start taking the social-justice warriors’ insipid rhetoric seriously — as soon as two things happen: First, I want to hear from the Wal-Mart-protesting riffraff a definition of “justice” that is something that does not boil down to “I Get What I Want, Irrespective...
  • Should Target Put 'Alex' in an Actual Ad Campaign?

    11/03/2014 7:26:56 PM PST · by RummyChick · 13 replies
    adweek ^ | 11/3 | heine
    Should Target put "Alex"—the Frisco, Texas, kid getting a lot of Twitter love because of his Bieberish mug and the pure randomness of the Internet—in an actual ad campaign? "Why not?" answered Will McInnes, CMO of Brandwatch. "Social media is a powerful and direct avenue to consumers. Given the velocity and reach of the #AlexFromTarget hashtag, there are a number of marketing and ad campaigns that Target could execute, for example: store appearances by Alex or Alex’s picks for clothing and seasonal items. They could even use Alex to showcase Target's corporate culture." Scott Deming, a branding expert, said, "It...
  • Bloomberg/MDA and Target again?

    09/07/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    We all know Target caved to MDA and requested people not bring guns, which MDA took as a outright ban. According to some FB Posts and Tweets I saw recently it seems MDA or their members have realized that nothing has changed policy wise. I can't find anything official form MDA on a new campaign, but is seems like some of their members might have realized they were lied to and are not happy.
  • Target Reports Second Quarter 2014 Earnings (first rpt after NO GUN stance)

    08/20/2014 8:17:55 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 13 replies
    Target Inc. ^ | 20 AUG 14 | Target, Inc.
    MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 20, 2014-- Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) today reported second quarter Adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.78, a decrease of 20.6 percent from $0.98 per share in 2013, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.37. In addition to operating results, second quarter GAAP earnings per share reflect: Net pre-tax data breach expenses of $111 million, or (11) cents per share2; Pre-tax early debt retirement losses of $285 million, or (27) cents per share2; Pre-tax impairment losses on undeveloped U.S. land of $16 million, or (1) cent per share, and; A (1)-cent impact related to the reduction of the beneficial interest...
  • Target lowers outlook, reeling from data breach

    08/20/2014 5:37:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 8/20/14 | Anna Prior
    Target Corp. lowered its outlook for the year.... The big-box retailer, which also posted a 62% decline in earnings for its second quarter, has been trying to bounce back from the data breach over the holiday season. The company booked expenses tied to the fumble of $148 million in the latest quarter....
  • Rockets target Tel Aviv in wake of truce breakdown

    08/19/2014 4:41:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    jpost.com | 8/19/14
    IAF renews sorties over Gaza hitting dozens of targets; Palestinians report first deaths since cease-fire collapse; IDF says 50 rockets fired at Israel since 4 p.m.; Iron Dome intercepts six. Hours after rockets shattered the cease-fire and hit Gaza frontier communities, three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week. In total, the IDF said that 50 rockets were fired at Israel since 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday until around midnight. Six rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on...
  • Target publicly endorses gay marriage

    08/13/2014 7:00:18 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 59 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Aug 6, 2014
    MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions. Target said it has signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending court case and publicly declared its support of gay marriage, a move similar to those taken by Starbucks, Intel and Apple.
  • Target Has Marriage in its Crosshairs

    08/08/2014 9:45:01 AM PDT · by virtuous · 35 replies
    American Decency Association ^ | August 7, 2014 | Lisa Van Houten
    The Target Corporation has traditional marriage and family in the crosshairs of its bulls-eye. Target has now declared its support for homosexual “marriage.” However, the Minnesota-based retailer has gone past the point of articulating support for gay “marriage” and has jumped into the fray to wield its influence with the courts on this issue. Working to overturn the vote of the people regarding the true definition of marriage, Target has filed an amicus brief with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals pushing for so-called marriage “equality” regarding the ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana. (The case is before...
  • Target Openly Supports Gay Marriage in Legal Brief [I will go JC Penney on them]

    08/06/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Time.com ^ | 8/6/14 | Denver Nicks
    The major retailer has joined a group of companies in filing an amicus brief in support of gay marriage
  • Data breach is not real reason for Target’s profit warning

    08/05/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 32 replies
    Analysts are skeptical that the costs of a massive data breach are the main reason for a profit warning from retailer Target on Tuesday. The company said it expects to record $148 million of gross losses from the breach, in which hackers gained access to thousands of customer credit- and debit-cards. The losses will be partially offset by a $38 million insurance payment. “That’s like saying the reason your household is in financial stress is because you got a parking ticket last year,” said Steve Beck, founder of cg42, a management consulting firm that specializes in brand vulnerability. Target TGT...
  • Target takes a stand in support of same-sex marriage

    08/05/2014 5:11:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    PioneerPress ^ | 8/5/14 | Tom Webb
    Target finally threw its corporate weight behind marriage equality Tuesday, with the Minneapolis-based retailer joining an amicus brief in a court case. "We believe that everyone -- all of our team members and guests -- deserve to be treated equally," Target executive vice president Jodee Kozlak said in a statement posted on the corporate blog. Yet in recent years, Target's official position on same-sex marriage had been a case study of mixed signals, causing the discount chain a great deal of grief. During the heated 2012 marriage amendment fight in Minnesota, Target remained firmly on the sidelines -- and remained...
  • Soldier’s fiancée gets hate-filled letter in response to her ‘I Love My Soldier’ bumper sticker

    07/16/2014 5:16:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 07/15/2014 | James Nye
    A military fiancée who proudly boasts an 'I Love My Soldier' bumper sticker was shocked to find a spiteful letter slapped on her windshield that attacked her and threatened violence for supporting the army. Savannah student, Ellen Wilson, 23, was in a Target parking lot earlier this month when she found the anonymous note that labeled her a 'b***h' and implied that her future husband, Chase Nye, was guilty of committing 'unnecessary murders'. The venomous letter personally attacked Wilson's fiancee for not being the hero she believes him to be and then frightened her when it finished up by calling...
  • Target security officer fired after reporting [cop] shoplifting

    07/14/2014 8:12:22 AM PDT · by bornred · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12 | Tom Jackman
    Dallas Northington spent nearly eight years working for Target in loss prevention, roaming the stores and scanning the surveillance cameras. In an episode at the Leesburg Target store in May that he said was typical, a man was allegedly captured twice on video shoplifting, and Northington responded as he said he always did: He called the Leesburg police, made a report and provided them the videos of the two incidents. But the man in the video may have been a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy, Northington said he soon learned. And within days, two things happened: The deputy retired from the...
  • Watch: IDF Calls Off Airstrike After Seeing Children Near Target

    07/11/2014 4:38:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 7/11/2014 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has uploaded a video which shows how the IDF calls off Gaza airstrikes upon realizing that there are innocent civilians in the area. In this video, showing a planned airstrike from Thursday, the airstrike was cancelled when the pilot realized that children were near his target. During the current escalation, Hamas has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields, and the IDF has published extensive evidence of the practice. Hamas has been encouraging as many noncombatants as possible to "protect" its positions with their bodies.
  • Just Days After TARGET Starts Its ‘No Gun’ Policy, THIS Happens…

    07/10/2014 8:56:00 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 31 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-10-2014 | Gina Cassini
    Is Target targeting its own customers with its "no guns" policy?by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsWithin three days of a new policy asking customers not to bring their guns to Target stores, reports have surfaced of armed attacks on customers at those stores. Three Target shoppers at three different stores in Georgia alone have been robbed by armed thugs since the discount retailer announced on July 2, in a letter from its CEO, that customers should leave their guns at home when they visit Target.This news follows an unfortunate but rather obvious pattern of establishments whose businesses or customers have been...
  • Gaza Rockets Target Haifa and Carmel Coast Region

    07/10/2014 6:37:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    inn ^ | 7/10/14 | Elad Benari
    For the first time since the Second Lebanon War of 2006, sirens were heard in the city of Haifa overnight Thursday. Sirens were also heard in Hadera, along the Carmel coast and in the Menashe region. Local residents reported hearing explosions, and it is believed a missile from Gaza was fired towards the area, and likely intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Channel 2 News cited a statement from Hamas which claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the statement, the group claimed to have fired a missile by the name R-160, with R standing for Rantissi, a Hamas...
  • Two Robberies at Target Since Chain Asked Law-Abiding Citizens to Shop Unarmed

    07/10/2014 4:55:01 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/9/14 | a hawkins
    On July 2 Breitbart News reported that interim Target CEO John Mulligan "respectfully" asked law-abiding citizens not to bring their guns in Target stores. Since then, Gainesville, Georgia, police have arrested three over a Target parking lot robbery and are looking for another man who punched a woman and stole her Mercedes at a Decatur, Georgia, Target as well. Just days after Target's request the Gainesville Times reported that three men were arrested for allegedly pulling a handgun to rob a man in a Target parking lot. The three – Xavier Holland, 21; Zuccari Goudelock, 20; and Kenneth Long, 17...
  • Librarian Feels Target-ed

    07/03/2014 7:15:51 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 2, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When Target, Inc. attempted to spread good will in the San Francisco Bay area—a market it was entering—the department store chain encountered resentment of its efforts to refurbish a public school library—from the librarian. target remodel library “I want my son to come home from school telling me what he has learned about whales or poems or the water cycle, not about Target’s mascot Bullseye or where we should shop,” school librarian Rachel Cloues writes in the summer issue of the magazine Rethinking Schools. While many parents might sympathize with this sentiment, it should be noted that it comes only...
  • Bloomberg's puppet Moms 'Stroller Jam' Target into requesting customers disarm

    07/03/2014 6:47:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/03/14 | Neil McCabe
    Less than one month after it was targeted by the most recent front group in former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s employ, Target has executed an artful cave with its July 2 plea for its customers to disarm.
  • Target releases a statement on guns that Second Amendment supporters may not like

    07/02/2014 4:12:46 PM PDT · by kingattax · 69 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 2, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Retail giant Target announced Wednesday that it is asking people not to bring firearms into its stores, even when those stores are located in towns that allow “open carry.” “Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” interim Target CEO John Mulligan said. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target — even in communities where it is permitted by law,” he said. Mulligan said Target has spent considerable time weighing this “complex issue,” but said the chain wants to “create an atmosphere...
  • Target 'Respectfully' Asks Law-Abiding Citizens to Leave Guns at Home

    07/02/2014 1:36:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 2, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On July 2nd, Target "respectfully" asked law-abiding citizens to "not bring firearms" in their stores. The department store chain did this via an announcement posted on its website and shared by interim CEO John Mulligan. The announcement says: As you've likely seen in the media, there's been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit "open carry" should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target--even in...
  • Target asks customers not to bring guns to its stores

    07/02/2014 7:35:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 69 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 7-2-14 | evan ramstad
    Target Corp. on Wednesday took a stand against customers who bring firearms into its stores. “This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” John Mulligan, the company’s acting CEO, said in a statement. The matter became a surprising controversy for the Minneapolis-based retailer in recent months when activist gun owners in Texas and other states chose the company’s stores to demonstrate their belief in the right to openly bear arms.
  • Myrtle Beach police identify suspect from gun left in Target toy department

    A Myrtle Beach man is being sought in connection with a loaded pistol that was left on the shelf in the toy department of a local Target department store, according to Myrtle Beach police. The Myrtle Beach Police Department identifies the suspect as David Dennis. His is wanted on a charge of unlawfully carrying of a handgun in connection with the incident. According to State Law Enforcement Division records, Dennis was previously charged with armed robbery in October 2013. The robbery charge was dismissed in March, but he pleaded guilty to assault and battery, second degree, according to the Horry...
  • Moms Want Target To Adopt Open Carry Policy

    06/04/2014 3:34:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 45 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 6/4/14 | Edgar Linares
    A national gun safety organization has set its sights on Minneapolis-based Target to stop gun-rights demonstrations in their stores. The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense launched a petition on Wednesday. They’re asking Target’s interim CEO John Mulligan to establish a policy to prohibit people from openly carrying guns in its stores. “Already we’ve had several different restaurants say that they will no longer allow some open carry…some guns all together in their establishments,” said Shannon Watts with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Last March, several people from the group Open Carry Texas were photographed walking down the...
  • Target’s Chairman and CEO out in wake of breach

    05/05/2014 8:43:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2014 10:46 AM EDT | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Target’s massive data breach has now cost the company's CEO his job. Target announced Monday that Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is out nearly five months after the retailer disclosed the breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and has derailed its business. […] Steinhafel’s tenure has been tested with many challenges, from a weak economy to a proxy fight. The company, known for its cheap chic clothing and home decor, has seen uneven sales since the recession ended and has battled a perception that its prices aren’t as low as its rivals. …
  • Hillary, the Left-Wing Money Machine and a New IRS Crackdown

    04/28/2014 5:51:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 25, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Hillary, the Left-Wing Money Machine and a New IRS CrackdownPosted By Matthew Vadum On April 25, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the charitable status of a conservative nonprofit group that disseminated statements critical of Democrats Hillary Clinton and John Kerry a decade ago.This is President Obama’s unambiguous warning shot calculated to intimidate conservative activists ready to work against Hillary Clinton if she decides to seek the presidency.And it is the latest outrage committed by the Obama administration which has been on a vindictive...
  • Gov.’s top aide charged personal purchases to state (NM Martinez)

    04/25/2014 8:21:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 20 replies
    From a necktie to heartburn medication, from personal cellphone bills to new tires, Gov. Susana Martinez’s chief of staff used his government-issued credit card to make thousands of dollars in personal purchases in violation of state policy and procedures. Keith Gardner has reimbursed the state nearly $5,000 since August 2012 for more than 40 card purchases at Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more. And after a Journal inquiry, he has paid $241 in interest required under state policy and procedures when an employee uses a government credit card for personal purchases. Using a state government credit card for any purpose...
  • This Means War: US To Target Putin's Personal $40 Billion Stash

    04/20/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/14 | tyler durnded
    While the White House has continually threatened further sanctions against Russia for non-de-escalation (even as it un-de-escalates itself), the specifics of the additional sanctions have been sparse. German CEO warnings over blowback from economic sanctions... the "nonsense" of replacing Russian gas with US gas... the Russian warnings of "interdependence" and "boomerangs"... all reduce the West's arsenal of financial sanctions. But, as The Times of London reports, perhaps the US has found a crucial pain point for Putin - a sanctions regime that would target Putin's personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts. As The...
  • 'Love & Hip Hop' Sex Tape Cripples Home Depot -- NATIONAL SHOWER ROD SHORTAGE

    04/18/2014 10:36:18 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 48 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 04/18/2014 | TMZ
    Demand is going through the roof for gymnastics-strength shower rods -- all thanks to "Love & Hip Hop" star Mimi Faust's sex tape acrobatics -- and Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, and Walmart are struggling to keep up. We called employees at each of the major retailers (from Georgia to Cali) and we're getting the same story -- ever since the trailer for Mimi's sex tape came out, people have been racing to purchase their own super-strong shower rods to recreate the Mimi experience. And supplies are running out -- a customer at one Home Depot in Georgia tells us, they...
  • The Target Breach & Why You Should Care (Hint: It’s Your Money)[Ever shopped at Target?]

    04/10/2014 2:19:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    21CT blog ^ | January 29, 2014 | Scott Spinola
    Without personally knowing any cyber criminals (I think using hackers is unfair to… well, hackers), we can probably assume they are not very different from other criminals in that they do what they do for a few basic reasons: •Ego: defacing websites to gain street cred •Ideology: wreaking havoc to make political statements or wage asymmetric warfare •Money: engaging in good old-fashioned criminal capitalism (to the tune of $3 trillion) It’s this third motivation that is in the news the most, and it’s not because these criminals are infiltrating banks and making off with the loot. In fact it’s...
  • Obama's Sanctions Target Putin's Rivals.

    03/18/2014 8:02:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Patriots Billboard ^ | 3/17/14 | PatriotsBillboard
    Exclusive: U.S. Sanctions Actually Target Putin’s Domestic Rivals B. Christopher Agee 3-17-14 While the move was sold as a clear message to Russian officials responsible for the current Ukraine crisis, the end result seems to bear little resemblance to that goal… Barack Obama announced a series of sanctions against officials in Russia who he claims have played a role in the continued unrest in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The move came one day after a majority voters in the region supported a referendum to unite with Russia. In a statement Monday, Obama said the U.S. would not recognize the...
  • Target says it declined to act on early alert of cyber breach

    03/13/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT · by John W · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jim Finkle and Susan Heavey
    (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...
  • New Emails Point to IRS Officials Targeting Political Groups

    03/07/2014 3:10:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 3-6-14 | FRANCES MARTELL
    The Congressional investigation into whether the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for persecution ended today on a controversial note after former official Lois Lerner refused to answer questions. The rough day for the investigation followed the release of emails corroborating political targeting of groups. The emails, obtained by the House's investigative committee, indicated that Lerner, in her official capacity, aimed to target political groups out of concern that the Citizens United ruling would lead to more suspicious or inappropriate tax filings. The ruling repealed much of the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act and allowed individuals and political groups to...
  • Target, Neiman Marcus and other security breaches: organized crime?

    02/25/2014 6:43:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-25-14 | Sharyl Attkisson
    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...
  • Retail Apocalypse? Major Chains Closing Hundreds Of Stores

    02/11/2014 10:49:47 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 101 replies
    http://newswatch.us ^ | February 11 2014 | D. Jennings
    Hundreds of stores across the nation are closing as some of America’s most famous retailers struggle to stay in business. The country is facing what CNBC has labeled a tsunami of store closings and blogger Michael Snyder has called a retail apocalypse. JC Penney, which lost $586 million in three months in 2013, is planning to close 33 stores in 19 states and lay off 2,000 people. JC Penney’s stock has lost 84 percent of its value since February 2012. Sears has decided to shut down its flagship store in Downtown Chicago, and it has closed 300 stores in the...
  • Pa. vendor confirms link to Target data probe

    02/07/2014 6:28:09 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 7, 2014 | AP
    A western Pennsylvania heating and refrigeration contractor said it was the victim of a "sophisticated cyberattack operation" that is being investigated by the Secret Service and possibly linked to the data breach that enabled hackers to access millions of credit card numbers belonging to Target store customers. Fazio Mechanical Services Inc., of Sharpsburg, issued the statement after Internet security bloggers identified it as the third-party vendor through which hackers accessed Target's customer information. Target had previously told reporters the store believed hackers accessed 40 million of its customers' card numbers through a vendor's system.
  • U.S. Secret Service visits refrigeration company in Target probe

    02/05/2014 4:43:06 PM PST · by John W · 9 replies
    Reuters via The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 5, 2014 | Mark Hosenball and Dhanya Skariachan
    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service visited the office of a Pennsylvania-based refrigeration contractor, Fazio Mechanical Services, in connection with an investigation of the Target Corp consumer data breach, a spokesman for the agency said on Wednesday. Fazio is the largest refrigeration contractor in the Western Pennsylvania region, and Target is one of its clients, according to the Sharpsburg-based company's website. A law enforcement source told Reuters that evidence suggests the hackers stole login credentials from Fazio and may have used the credentials to break into Target's network. The source added, however, that investigators were not sure that...
  • Time for smartcards

    02/03/2014 1:28:40 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3 Feb 14 | John J. Mulligan
    The data breach that struck our company spotlighted the sophistication of criminal hacker networks operating across the globe. We know the attack created significant concerns for millions of customers. We will learn from this incident and we will work to make Target, and the wider business community, more secure in the future. One step American businesses could now take that would dramatically improve the security of all credit and debit cards: adoption of chip-enabled smartcards. The technology is already widely used throughout the world. For many reasons, the United States has been slow to embrace the technology at home. We...
  • Target says hackers stole credentials from vendor

    01/29/2014 6:50:58 PM PST · by John W · 9 replies
    Target said Wednesday that the cyber criminals who breached its system used credentials they stole from one of the retailer's vendors. "The ongoing forensic investigation has indicated that the intruder stole a vendor's credentials, which were used to access our system," Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement. She declined to elaborate on what type of credentials were taken from the vendor. Meanwhile, the Justice Department is investigating the hacking, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. Testifying at a U.S. Senate hearing, Holder said the department will seek not only to find the perpetrators of the breach but also...
  • The Making of a Black Conservative

    01/24/2014 7:21:45 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/24/2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    It was the mid-1950s. Around nine years old and the eldest of five, I, along with my parents, was extremely excited as we oohed and ahed over our new home -- new appliances and everything. Our family moved from a leaky-roof, pot-belly-wood-stove row house in the ghetto of east Baltimore to a brand new government high-rise. Apartment 6B was our new home in the 11-story building of all black residents. Little did I realize that living in the projects and other life experiences would lead to my becoming a black conservative, a Christian, and a Tea Party activist.
  • More Companies Dump Employee Insurance for Obamacare

    01/23/2014 10:03:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 1/23/14 | Brianna Ehley - The Fiscal Times
    This week, another major U.S. retailer—Target—announced that it will be cutting health coverage for its part-time workers in response to changes stemming from the president’s health care law. The Minneapolis-based company now joins the likes of Home Depot and Trader Joes, among others, that have decided to dump part-time employee coverage to save on health care costs.
  • A 'tsunami' of store closings expected to hit retail

    01/22/2014 1:59:17 PM PST · by EBH · 99 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/22/2014 | Krystina Gustafson
    Get ready for the next era in retail—one that will be characterized by far fewer shops and smaller stores. On Tuesday, Sears said that it will shutter its flagship store in downtown Chicago in April. It's the latest of about 300 store closures in the U.S. that Sears has made since 2010. The news follows announcements earlier this month of multiple store closings from major department stores J.C. Penney and Macy's. Further signs of cuts in the industry came Wednesday, when Target said that it will eliminate 475 jobs worldwide, including some at its Minnesota headquarters, and not fill 700...
  • Target will drop health insurance for its part-time employees

    01/21/2014 7:29:31 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 1-21-14 | JACKIE CROSBY
    Target Corp. said Tuesday that it will stop offering health insurance to its part-time employees because new online health exchanges offer workers an opportunity to buy coverage. The Minneapolis-based retailer will give each worker $500 to help buy health insurance, and has arranged for one-on-one consultations with benefits manager Towers Watson to help with the transition. The retailer announced the decision through its online site, “A Bullseye View: Behind the Scenes at Target,” in a Q&A with Jodee Kozlak, Target’s executive vice president of human resources. In the article, Kozlak acknowledged the disruption to workers. But she said the exchanges...
  • 2 Arrested at Texas Border in Credit Card Fraud Case Following Target Data Breach

    01/20/2014 8:11:14 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    kstp ^ | 1-20-14 | Leslie Dyste
    Police in South Texas say account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally as evidenced by the arrest of two Mexican citizens in connection to 96 fraudulent credit cards. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Monday that 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. The chief says they were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area. The two were arrested on Sunday morning trying to...
  • Police Arrest Illegal Aliens With Ties To Massive Target Credit Card Breach

    01/20/2014 6:47:48 PM PST · by montag813 · 27 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-20-2014 | TRN
    Police have arrested two Mexican illegal aliens on fraud charges in the first arrests tied to the December Target credit card breach -- a stark reminder of the frequent involvement of illegal immigration and identity theft in the U.S.On Sunday, Police arrested 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez both from Monterrey as they tried to cross into the U.S. from Reynosa with 96 fraudulent credit credit cards in their possession, said Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. Account information stolen during the Target security breach was used to produce the credit cards. The illegals, both from Monterrey, Mexico, used cards...
  • In Target, hackers found a gold mine -- with easy access

    01/19/2014 10:35:43 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 1-18-14 | Elizabeth A. Harris, Nicole Perlroth, Nathaniel Popper and Hilary Stout
    It was, in essence, a cybercriminal's dream. For months, an amorphous group of Eastern European hackers had been poking around the networks of major U.S. retailers, searching for loose portals that would take them deep into corporate systems. In early November, before the holiday shopping season began, the hackers found what they had been looking for -- a wide path into Target and beyond. Entering through a digital gateway, the criminals discovered that Target's systems were astonishingly open -- lacking the virtual walls and motion detectors found in secure networks like many banks'. Without those safeguards, the thieves moved swiftly...