Target falls victim to massive Black Friday hack, up to 40 million credit cards at risk

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Dec 19, 2013
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  1. Millions of Target shoppers may have ultimately got a bit more than they bargained for during Black Friday. Data from as many as 40 million credit accounts belonging to holiday shoppers may have fallen victim to a sophisticated hack that...

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  2. Kneep

    Kneep TS Enthusiast Posts: 44

    I'm perdy sure when you guys get out of the dark ages and into the new this won't happen (as easily), how is it most cards in Canada are chip and not in the US??
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,729   +3,703

    Ironically if we were still in the dark ages as you say, it wouldn't have happened at all.
    H3llion, TheDreams and Trillionsin like this.
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    What can you say they must have been a target...
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I don't know if that's the worst pun ever... or the best.
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  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    No, the ironic thing is that my bank is BMO (that's Bank of MONTREAL) so if my card gets hacked I can blame it on Canada.
  7. Skandranonsg

    Skandranonsg TS Rookie

    If we were all using Bitcoin to pay, no such theft could occur. ;o
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  8. Ivan Filipovic

    Ivan Filipovic TS Rookie

    Question is: What is the business reason to store Track2 data in the first place? Usual answer is that there is none and that it's done only for lame programming or some historic reason that is not relevant anymore.

    Anyway, this is direct violation of basic principles of PCI DSS. Sensitive Authentication Data must not be stored, never, nowhere, by no one! If someone knows that it is stored it will be stolen eventually no matter how good it is protected.

    I hope Target gets fined for this.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,550

    Y'all need to swallow your pride and shop at Walmart.

    Some lady was on the evening news bitching her bank canceled her credit card. So, with the amount of accounts compromised this is a huge expense for the banks to cancel 40,000,000 credit cards. Methinks they should start a class action suit against Target. (Pronounced, "Tar-jhey").

    Personally, I wouldn't be caught dead in Target on Black Friday. After I get done eating my turkey TV dinner, I jump in my car, and head to the Best Buy in Delaware. No tax, and $4.00, 1 hour shipping.
    That was pretty darn punny.

    Just think, it's now summarily legal for a store to charge additional when you use a credit card. So boys and girls, you might get fired up an extra couple of points to get your data ripped off.:oops:
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    You should be pun-ished for that remark like that by doing a bit of time in the pun-itentiary.
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  11. "You should be pun-ished for that remark like that by doing a bit of time in the pun-itentiary."

    There is where the puns should stop.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,550

    And we should "pun-ish" guest punsters by giving them Captchas they can't possibly decipher

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