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Target attackers stole encrypted PIN numbers - report

  • The hackers who carried out the cyber-attack on Target (TGT) during the height of the Christmas shopping period reportedly took encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs).
  • A leading bank is concerned that the thieves, who accessed the information of up to 40M payment cards, would be able to steal money from consumer accounts by cracking the relevant encryption codes.
  • However, Target plays those fears down. "We continue to have no reason to believe that PIN data, whether encrypted or unencrypted, was compromised," a spokeswoman says.
Comments (12)
  • And now they are pushing Bitcoin?

     

    A Golden Age for Hackers for sure!

     

    Got gold?
    25 Dec 2013, 09:38 AM Reply Like
  • "However, Target plays those fears down. "We continue to have no reason to believe that PIN data, whether encrypted or unencrypted, was compromised," a spokeswoman says."

     

    Deny, deny, deny..... no reason not to until the evidence is staring you in the face
    25 Dec 2013, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • Us old fuddy duddies paying with cash and holding up the line, like those commercials last year mocked. It's so much more efficient to steal the modern way as well - electronically. It takes a lot of leg work to steal 40 million wallets and purses, or rob a few thousand banks. Thank you visa and MC.
    25 Dec 2013, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • Target will have an opportunity to explain everything. The Senate, DOJ, States' AGs, class action lawsuits, etc.

     

    Explaining the inexplicable...image that.
    25 Dec 2013, 10:53 AM Reply Like
  • Please share with me who is going to win on this one or any like it that come along. Seems to me like a big cash daisy chain working. Legal people will surly come out ahead on this one. I happen to be a Target stockholder who is not too happy with this whole thing. I also happen to come from ground zero of TGT and still feel a great deal of loyalty to his corporate group. I reside in Texas, though MN has lots of good memories.
    Bah humbug to all the nay sayers out their. Have a nice day or new year!
    25 Dec 2013, 04:35 PM Reply Like
  • When the truth comes out : If their was negligence by target , those consumers who were compromised ,should be compensated for their loss by target,
    25 Dec 2013, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • Not making sense. It's so easy to change one's pin. Target doesn't need to deny, since the fix would be so easy. So why is this being media commented on like that simple fix doesn't exist?

     

    @hotmix
    Sure everyone who has something show up on their statemetns wlll get refunded (by target or MC/Visa). Beyond that, the small amount of worry per person won't get "compensated." Negligence requires purposeful act (or lack of), which hasn't been shown yet.

     

    Bigger question is why the US is behind Europe on card security? Why in the world aren't we using chip embedded ones... We can't we invent and move toward finger print readers or newer ideas...
    25 Dec 2013, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • Yea go ahead and put your finger prints on a card file. Your Gov. would love you for it.
    25 Dec 2013, 08:41 PM Reply Like
  • @CCCB

     

    Good point. The non-criminal in me, security non-worried, didn't think about that... But I did say "or newer ideas." Amazing how long we've been suck using plastic with nothing much going for it. And my main point - people can change their pin.
    25 Dec 2013, 08:57 PM Reply Like
  • Being ex-military, the Federal Government already has my prints. Being a gun owner with a carry permit, my state already has my prints. Now, give me the state of the art security for credit cards that is already used by other modern countries.
    25 Dec 2013, 11:27 PM Reply Like
  • Being ex-military, the Federal Government already has my prints. Being a gun owner with a carry permit, the state already has my prints. Now, give me the state of the art security for my credit cards that is already being used in other countries.
    26 Dec 2013, 12:14 AM Reply Like
  • Thank you "Milk & Honey" Will wait and see
    26 Dec 2013, 12:46 PM Reply Like
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