Warning Signs of breach overlooked by Target

Warning Signs of breach overlooked by Target

In a committee report published by the United States Senate revealed that Target completely missed all the warning signs about the impending breach, thus leading to its occurrence. The report reveals that there were no measures taken by the third largest retailer in the United States when malware was uploaded on to the system used by the company. Target also missed the warnings that exposed the manner in which the breach would be carried out.

The report published by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee clearly highlights that their analysis revealed that this retailer missed many opportunities to curb the breach and apprehend the attackers. The report was made public during a committee hearing pertaining to the protection of confidential data of consumers against cyber attacks. Federal Trade Commission's chairperson, Edith Ramirez, and the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Target, John Mulligan are included in the list of witnesses.

Molly Synder said that the retailer would not be making any comments about the report ahead of the testimony by John Mulligan, on Wednesday. The staff report mentioned that there were automated warnings heralded by the anti-intrusion software used by the company, which included the information about the installation of the malware on the system by the attackers and the manner in which they intended to frisk the information from the system used by the retailer.

The report also highlights that one of the third party vendors of Target who has access to the network did not follow the standard safety and security measures to protect consumer information. Earlier this month, the retailer did admit that there was potential threatening software identified on the system but they were ignored by the staff and required measures were not taken. The breach at Target and at other credit card vendors and retailers is being investigated thoroughly by the Congress.


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