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Target execs may have ignored security warnings from internal IT

Target received numerous warnings from U.S. government officials and security researchers, though appear to ignore them.

Published Fri, Feb 14 2014 2:08 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Target management received numerous warnings related to the company's cyber security issues, with at least 60 days notice before hackers stole information about millions of accounts. Despite concerns from security experts, Target may have ignored security warnings in favor of installing a new system and making sure it was in place prior to Black Friday 2013.

Target execs may have ignored security warnings from internal IT | TweakTown.com

Target, along with other major retailers, received memos written and distributed by security companies and the U.S. government warning of potential security concerns. Furthermore, a Target security analyst wanted to take a closer look at the company's point-of-sale and other payment, though it doesn't appear that took place.

Fallout from the Target breach continues to ripple throughout the industry, as several other retailers have also been affected from data breaches.

Companies receive a large number of security warnings, so it can be difficult to try and realistically figure out which ones to take seriously.

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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