Security firm uncovers six new data theft attacks on US retailers; could your credit card be affected?


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Reuters reports that digital security firm IntelCrawler claims to have uncovered "at least six ongoing attacks at merchants across the United States whose credit card processing systems are infected with the same type of malicious software used to steal data from some 40 million credit cards at Target Inc." The firm has alerted "law enforcement, Visa Inc and intelligence teams at several large banks about the findings."

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  1. deedub says:

    I think we've just found the exception to Betteridge's Law of Headlines.

  2. I wish the US had a group of hackers and electronic surveillance analysts that could protect us from this sort of thing.

  3. Using your credit card to send $20 to Al-Shabab is probably both cheaper and more effective than one of those 'identity-theft-protection' services!

  4. That headline is pretty much unanswerable, as no one is disclosing what other retailers are caught up in this. Meanwhile, Target is in the doghouse right now, but when all is said and done they will be hailed as being proactive and transparent, considering that no one else stepped forward to admit they were hacked.

  5. Yeah, I do wonder, especially after getting an emailed offer as a "Dear Target Guest" from TargetNews@target.bfi0.com to join Experian’s® ProtectMyID® on Target's dime, in order to protect myself, having been potentially (probably?) hacked by the thieves who targeted Target.

    Seems kinda spammy to me, and I also don't know if Experian actually works. Does giving info to them put me at further risk? Did the Chairman, President and CEO of Target, who "signed" my email, actually even approve this move?

    Oh, the things we can no longer know!

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