Target Breach Into The 100 Million Range And Malware Was To Blame

Target Security Breach At 100 Million And Counting

Target issues a statement last Friday saying that they were wrong about the number of customers who had their data compromised during the security breach between November 27th and December 15th. Originally they believed that 40 million credit card and debit card numbers were stolen. Now they know that in addition to that, hackers walked away with 70 million email addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses. The new number indicates that around 100 million customers were affected. 

Could It Have Been Prevented? 

Trust Guard, a company that specializes in PCI Compliance scanning, believes that this type of security breach is preventable. When they run a PCI scan on a merchant’s terminal they check for thousands of vulnerabilities. They scan a merchant’s web applications and networks remotely and non-intrusively based on the IP address provided. Their scans look for threats to the operating system, services and utilities used for financial or other sensitive transactions. Their PCI compliant scan is performed with an advanced scanning engine that will generate a detailed report listing any server and network vulnerabilities. Then merchants can properly resolve the security risks, helping to protect their system from Hackers, Trojans and Worms.

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