Knowledge of Target point-of-sale breach raises alarm bells

As more information is learned about the Target data breach, alarm bells should be sounding for other retailers to improve defenses.

Published Thu, Feb 6 2014 1:25 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

U.S. retailer Target is still working its way through a massive security breach that impacted more than 70 million in-store customers, a major issue that was first reported late last year. Additional details made available indicate a serious security overhaul will need to take place within Target, and other major retailers should closely follow suit.

Knowledge of Target point-of-sale breach raises alarm bells | TweakTown.com

Although it appears sophisticated malware targeted point-of-sale (POS) machines in Target stores, it appears some blame is being thrown towards a heating, ventilation and refrigeration third-party contractor. Cyber criminals behind the Target breach may have used the HVAC contractor's stolen account information to gain access, which led to easier access to Target's internal network.

The HVAC company, rumored to be Fazio Mechanical Services from Pennsylvania, confirmed it was recently visited by Secret Service investigators looking into the Target breach.

Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan recently appeared before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, apologizing for the retailer's massive data breach.

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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