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

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
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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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??

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.


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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.
What can you say they must have been a target...
I don't know if that's the worst pun ever... or the best.
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.:D


"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.