Target received multiple security alerts when Black Friday hack started but did nothing about it

By Shawn Knight
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. The security breach that led to the theft of some 40 million credit cards from Target late last year wasn't a result of poor security. The company's state-of-the-art security system did indeed detect the hack as soon as it started...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Because it was Black Friday and everyone was out shopping.
  3. Mallok

    Mallok TS Rookie Posts: 22   +7

    Also potentially halting transactions wouldn't have been considered on Black Friday.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +102

    Would've turned into a bloodbath with all the rabid customers
  5. Security: We have some alarms about some possible malware.
    Management: Get me those accounting figures.
    Accounting: It's Black Friday for a reason, see $$$$$.
    Management: We need to postpone those malware alerts as I'm busy counting $$$$$.
    Security: Um, yeah, whatever.

    Management: We lost how much? How can this be?
    Accounting: The figures don't lie, we lost $$$$$$$$$$$.
    Security: Should we do something about this malware alarm now?
    Public: What a mess. I think I just use cash from now on.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    Target only has themselves to blame. their management is responsible for this screw up. I wonder how many heads rolled... It reminds me of the numerous warnings America chose to ignore about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor in back in '41.
  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    I'm a fan of 24's Jack Bauer and so in this case, I suspect that someone was paid to be asleep on the job.

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