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FBI says retail hackers targeted network-management software

Target and other retailers suffered data breaches that could have been easier to defend against if simple things weren't overlooked.

Published Mon, Feb 10 2014 10:08 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The FBI believes cyber criminals have successfully targeted Target, Neiman Marcus, and other major retailers using security holes that could have been blocked by retailers.

FBI says retail hackers targeted network-management software | TweakTown.com

Target suffered the most significant data breach of recent companies, with more than 70 million customers affected, as the company still deals with public backlash. The Target breach reportedly is tied to a third-party HVAC contractor, and Target likely thought there were no security holes present, but the card data shouldn't have been available in the same corporate network locations.

Security experts warn of similar point-of-sale - and Internet-based threats - should raise alarm bells, especially with a few businesses that haven't come forward. The FBI didn't disclose which major retailers haven't come forward, though "remote management software" was related to cyber crimes carried out against the company.

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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