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It turns out Target could have easily prevented its massive security breach

14
Mar
2014

The massive breach that occurred around Thanksgiving last year could have been prevented by Target’s existing security personnel and advanced security software, an extensive investigative report from Bloomberg Businessweek reveals. But instead, Target did nothing, allowing hackers to steal over 40 million credit cards, as well as personal data for over 70 million customers. Six months before the data heist, Target spent $1.6 million on a sophisticated anti-malware system called FireEye that actually caught the hack and could have automatically eradicated the malware without any human interaction. But that feature was turned off, as it’s believed the newly purchased, and tested system, was still mistrusted by Target’s security personnel. “Typically, as a security team, you want to have that last

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