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Target Worker: I Reported Shoplifting Cop, Got Fired

Dallas Northington says he followed procedure as usual, Target disagrees

(Newser) - On May 27, Dallas Northington, who had worked for Target in loss prevention for almost eight years, reported an alleged shoplifter to police in Leesburg, Va. But the man in question—shown on two surveillance videos—may be a sheriff's deputy in a neighboring county, and within days Northington... More »

Target 'Respectfully' Says Leave Your Guns at Home

Even in communities where carrying a gun in public is legal

(Newser) - Please don't bring your .38 to Target anymore. The company—whose logo is, ironically, basically a shooting range target—has "respectfully" requested that customers keep their firearms at home and out of stores—even in communities where carrying a gun in public is legal, USA Today reports. Moms... More »

Loaded Gun Found Among Target's Toys

Police on the hunt for a male suspect

(Newser) - A Target worker checking out the toy aisle in Myrtle Beach last week found what he first thought was a toy gun but turned out to be a real, loaded one, WMBF reports. Police say a male had been spotted walking up and down each toy aisle before the handgun... More »

Target CEO Exits After Giant Hack

CFO temporarily takes over for Gregg Steinhafel

(Newser) - Target's CEO is leaving his post after a hack of its systems saw 70 million customers' personal information stolen over the holidays. Gregg Steinhafel, who has been with the company for 35 years, is resigning immediately. He will be replaced, for the time being, by chief financial officer John... More »

Target Got Warnings About Hack—and Ignored Them

It even turned off program to delete malware, says Businessweek

(Newser) - If only Target had top-notch security software in place to prevent last year's disastrous hack . Oh wait, it did. In fact, a report by Businessweek/Bloomberg says the software was essentially screaming that something was amiss well in advance of any actual theft of customers' credit card data. Target had... More »

Target Hack's Price: 46% Drop in Profit

Q4 sales dropped due to scared customers

(Newser) - Target's massive data breach wasn't just a PR disaster for the company, it was a financial one, too. Target announced its earnings today, and blamed the breach for knocking its Q4 profit down 46%. It also said that its sales fell 5.3%, as the breach scared off... More »

Target Hack Began With ... Refrigeration Contractor?

Hackers may have gained access through Pittsburgh company's computers

(Newser) - It's beginning to look like the hackers who got into Target's computer network did so by first hijacking the computers of an unlikely source—a company near Pittsburgh that provides refrigeration, heating, and A/C service to the chain, reports KrebsOnSecurity . Once hackers gained access to Fazio Mechanical Service'... More »

FBI: More Target-Style Hacks on Way

20 other cases used similar malware in past year

(Newser) - A warning to shoppers: More cyber attacks like this one and this one are coming, according to a three-page confidential FBI report seen by Reuters , a determination the FBI made after finding some 20 hacking cases in the last year used the same type of malware as in the Target... More »

Pair Busted at Mexico Border May Be Tied to Target Hack

Mexican couple had 90-some bogus credit cards

(Newser) - When two people with some 90 fake credit cards were arrested trying to enter the US, authorities reported a link to the hack of Target stores —but the story has gotten more muddled. A South Texas police chief said the two Mexicans, Daniel Dominguez Guardiola and Mary Carmen Vaquera... More »

17-Year-Old Wrote Target Hack Malware: Report

Boy wasn't involved in attack: intelligence firm

(Newser) - The malware behind the Target breach —and possibly one at Neiman Marcus —was written by a Russian boy about 17 years old, according to an intelligence firm's report. As noted by Gawker , the boy isn't thought to have been directly involved in the hack on the... More »

Target Thief's Getaway Vehicle: Skateboard

Video shows him making off with a TV in Florida

(Newser) - It's another headline-grabbing theft at Target , but this one is decidedly more low-tech. Someone in Clearwater, Florida, used a skateboard to make his great escape after stealing a TV, reports the Tampa Bay Tribune . In fact, surveillance video shows him skateboarding inside the store with the 32-inch flat-screen. One... More »

Report Shows Just How Innovative Target Hack Was

Virus is impervious to antivirus software, uses method 'new to eCrime'

(Newser) - It looks like the hackers that hit Target had lots of other, well, targets. The Department of Homeland Security recently sent retailers and financial service companies a secret memo warning that the Target hit appeared to be part of a larger international campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports, an insight... More »

Target Hack Hit Point-of-Sale Terminals: CEO

Plus: At least 3 more top retailers reportedly breached

(Newser) - Victims of the Target hack were hit as they slid their payment cards through point-of-sale terminals, says the company's CEO: That's where hackers placed their malware, Gregg Steinhafel tells CNBC . On Sunday, Dec. 15, the company recognized "we had an issue," and "by six o'... More »

Now Neiman Marcus Has Been Hacked

Company alerting affected customers

(Newser) - Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus confirmed today that thieves stole some of its customers' payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season, making the company the second retailer in recent weeks to announce it had fallen victim to a cybersecurity attack. The hacking, coming weeks after Target revealed... More »

We're All to Blame for Target Hack

'No company is secure,' and we should know it: Nicole Perlroth

(Newser) - Here's a lesson from the Target data hack which, as Nicole Perlroth notes in the New York Times , affected "well over one-third of America’s adult population": It's time to think twice before giving out our email addresses, birth dates, and other personal information to companies. The... More »

Target: Hack Actually Hit 70M Customers

Store had initially said 40M were impacted

(Newser) - Target today said that personal information—including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses—was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach. That's substantially more customers than the 40 million Target had previously said were affected. "I know that it is frustrating... More »

Alert Target Employee Foils Kidnapping

Meanwhile, Walmart fires a worker who tried to stop beer theft

(Newser) - Two crazy tales from annals of US retail:
  • Hero at Target: Police in California's Bay Area say Target employee Roxanna Ramirez saved a kidnapped girl by being alert. Ramirez explains to ABC 7 that she grew suspicious of a fidgety man in her Pittsburg store—her job is to
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Target Had One Other Holiday Shopping Oops

A very small number of gift cards aren't working

(Newser) - The credit card hack Target suffered at the start of the holiday shopping season will go down as its biggest blow of Christmas 2013 ... but it won't enter the history books as the only shopping mishap. CNNMoney reports that some of the Target gift cards purchased over the holiday... More »

Target Hackers Got PINs, Too

But Target thinks they're safely encrypted

(Newser) - Ever since news broke of Target's massive security breach , the retailer has said that customers' PIN and debit card data hadn't been stolen. Today, it admitted that actually, it had been—which, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune , makes the stolen cards significantly more likely to be fraudulently... More »

Target Breach Proves It: Time for Chip Cards

Sacramento Bee says magnetic stripe is too vulnerable to thieves

(Newser) - The 40 million Target shoppers whose credit cards were compromised in a holiday breach might find themselves nodding along to this editorial in the Sacramento Bee : It's high time that the US payments industry did away with the decades-old magnetic stripe on credit cards and adopted microchip-based cards instead,... More »

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