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Target breach originated from Russia, led by organized crime group

The Target and Nieman Marcus data breaches reportedly originated in Russia, using custom malware created by a teenager.

Published Sun, Jan 19 2014 5:52 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The recent high-profile data theft that left more than 70 million Target shoppers affected could be part of a more organized cyber plot against major retailers, according to a recent U.S. government document. The credit card readers used in the Target data breach reportedly became available last spring, partially written in Russian, and it couldn't be detected by anti-virus software.

Target breach originated from Russia, led by organized crime group | TweakTown.com

A 17-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, is reportedly responsible for creating the BlackPOS malware which was later sold to the Russian organized crime group.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with cyber intelligence company iSight Partners, though other retailers that were affected weren't disclosed by either group. Meanwhile, Target, Nieman Marcus, and other retailers have already suffered due to the cyber crime, with other retailers on the lookout of similar attacks.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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