Target says hackers stole credentials from vendor


Target said Wednesday that investigators have found that
hackers stole credentials from a vendor to access the retailer’s systems
and pilfer about 40 million debit and credit card numbers as well as
personal information for another 70 million people.
Molly Snyder declined to comment on further details, such as the
vendor’s identity or how the hackers stole the credentials, citing the
ongoing nature of the investigation.
Snyder did say that since
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. confirmed the breach on Dec. 15, it has
taken extra precautions such as limiting or updating access to some
Last week, some card numbers of Target customers from
South Texas turned up in the arrest of a pair of Mexican citizens at the
U.S.-Mexico border. But experts believe the attack’s original
perpetrators will be difficult to locate.
Earlier Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is committed to tracking down
the thieves.
an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder said that
the government also will hunt down any people and groups that exploit
the stolen data through credit card fraud.
Target says it is working with the Secret Service and the Justice Department in response to the data
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