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Home Depot cyberattack different than the one that plagued Target

Security experts are becoming vocal that it's likely a different cybercriminal group targeted Target and Home Depot, with millions of victims at risk
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:00 pm

Home Depot was recently compromised in a cyberattack that could number more victims than Target's data breach last year, but security experts warn different types of attacks were used. Home Depot was hit by FrameworkPOS, a clever piece of malware that stole data from store registers while being masked as anti-virus software.

 

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Also, the Home Depot malware had lines of code that mentioned U.S. influence in Libya and growing support for the Ukrainian government against a growing regional conflict. It seems likely that Russian hackers were responsible for stealing the data for two purposes: to generate revenue from the stolen data, and to send a political message to the United States.

 

"The development of a new piece of malware is not something you take lightly - this required some engineering," said Dan Guido, Trail of Bits information security company CEO. "It's probably not the same group that (hit) Target."

 

A major investigation is underway into the Home Depot breach, as consumer information is under continued attack from cybercriminals.

NEWS SOURCES:Businessweek.com

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