The plot is thickening on Target’s now infamous security breach as more retailers are found to also have been hacked.
During a 3 week period that started on November 29th (Black Friday) down to December 15th, a security hack through Target’s credit card terminals caused 40 million cards to be compromised. Target has just recently reported over the weekend that up to 70 million names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses have been stolen as a result of the November/December hack. A spokesperson for Target stated they are contacting all those who are believed to be affected and are notifying them of the incident and warning them of the dangers that may follow.
If the addition of the stolen information wasn’t enough, the Krebs on Security blog, who reported the initial security breach at Target, published that US fashion chain Neiman Marcus has also been hacked. Neiman Marcus has confirmed their system was indeed breached and some of their customer’s cards were “possibly” hacked. A spokesperson for Neiman Marcus stated the authorities were notified and external investigation, risk, and forensics firms are being brought in to inspect the case, hinting the hack is similar to Target’s.
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A new report from Reuters also mentions Target and Neiman Marcus are not the only firms affected and another 3 retailers have also suffered data breaches. Reuters did not go as to say which firms were affected, but they did mention the data breaches seem similar to what happened at Target.
From the reports pouring in, it is not sure how many cardholders and firms have been affected or if they are all in fact linked to one another. We will continue to follow up on this story as more information is made available.