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How Target detected hack but failed to act -- Bloomberg

The November data breach that affected as many as 110 million Target customers could have been stopped in its tracks, according to a story published Thursday by Bloomberg.

Speaking with more than ten former Target employees and eight people with knowledge of the hack, Bloomberg said that Target already had in place a sophisticated malware detection system designed by security firm FireEye. The $1.6 million system was set up specifically to identify hacks and cyberattacks before they had a chance to do real damage.

Highlighting the ingenuity of FireEye's detection system, Bloomberg explained that it creates a parallel … Read more

Target hack strips banks and credit unions of $200M

Not only were as many as 110 million Target customers affected by the massive hack on the retailer in December, but banks have also had to deal with the security breach.

The hack is said to have cost banks and credit unions more than $200 million, according to data gathered by the Consumer Bankers Association and the Credit Union National Association. Originally, the two associations estimated that losses tallied around $178 million but now say those costs are rising.

In all, 40 million credit and debit cards were compromised in the breach. So far, banks and credit unions have replaced … Read more

Heating vents may have given Target hackers their opening

The Target hack that shook the American credit card industry and delivered up to 110 million customer records to the bad guys was reportedly successful thanks to a side-door left open by a Target contractor.

The hackers were able to get credentials for Target's network stolen from Fazio Mechanical Services, a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) company, according to independent security reporter Brian Krebs. They were first used to access Target's network on November 15, 2013.

Fazio President Ross Fazio told Krebs that the US Secret Service, which customarily investigates these kinds of cases, visited his company'… Read more

Could electronically controlled drugs reduce side effects?

It should go without saying that, when it comes to drugs -- legal or otherwise -- dose matters. Take too little and a drug can be ineffective; take too much and it can be lethal.

For years, researchers around the world have been working to build more targeted drug delivery systems that allow for more precise dosing tailored to a specific patient's specific needs. The hope is to avoid negative side effects (death among them) altogether.

Reporting in the journal ACS Nano, researchers led by Dr. Xinyan Tracy Cui at the University of Pittsburgh say their new approach allows them to electronically control the release of very specific amounts of drugs to certain parts of the body.… Read more

The 404 1,420: Where we ring and run (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Discussing five movies about relationships per month could cut the three-year divorce rate in half.

- Beware the one-ring phone sex scam.

- Tech is cruelly ripping teens from their natural shopping mall habitats.

- Facebook celebrates 10 years with Look Back.

- Today's show and tell features this collectible Batman figure from Side Show Toy!… Read more

Target works on security-heavy credit cards, after breach

Target is still reeling from the massive security breach, which affected as many as 110 million customers. Now, as the retailer gets back on its feet, it's becoming more security focused.

Target Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan wrote an opinion piece for The Hill on Monday saying that the company was speeding up its implementation of high-security credit cards.

The credit cards come embedded with a tiny microprocessor chip, which is said to beef up security and make it more difficult for cybercriminals to access user data. Target had already begun work on the cards before the hack, but … Read more

Justice Department looking into Target data breach

The Target data breach that has affected up to 110 million people is now under scrutiny by the US Justice Department.

Speaking before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Wednesday, US Attorney General Eric Holder said his office is evaluating and enforcing "privacy protections and other safeguards concerning data possessed by government as well as the private sector." More specifically, Holder said that his office is trying to find the criminals who are behind the Target data breach and anyone who might be using the stolen information for gain.

"While we generally do not discuss specific … Read more

BlackBerry may have some life left with Pentagon order

CNET Update talks BlackBerry, Apple and Samsung, and Facebook.

In this episode of CNET Update:

- BlackBerry lands a large Defense Department order.

- A judge pares down Samsung's patent claim against Apple.

- Facebook could lose 80 percent of its users, according to a study.

- Snapchat makes sure users are real people.

- China experiences an Internet glitch.

- Edward Snowden will participate in a Q&A.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch CNET every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what'… Read more

Verizon buys Intel's TV business to boost Fios

CNET Update talks Verizon and Intel, Amazon, and HP.

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Verizon buys Intel's Internet-based TV business.

- Amazon may ship items before you even order them.

- HP brings back Windows 7.

- Beats Music service launches for iPhone and Android.

- Apple may unveil the iPhone 6 in June in two larger screen sizes.

- Apple can now fix your cracked iPhone 5C screen in the store.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch CNET every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, … Read more

Security camera captures decidedly low-tech Target 'hack'

People are finding ever more inventive ways of taking things that aren't theirs.

Just look at how tech companies purloin your personal details and make hay and cash with them.

Yet even at the most micro level, thieves clearly spend cogitative hours wondering how they might scoot with loot.

Surveillance footage from a Target store in Clearwater, Fla., appears to show one such imaginative man.

It depicts the hoodied male walking into the store holding a skateboard. His shopping for a 32-inch Element LCD TV doesn't appear to include an intention to pay.

As the Smoking Gun reports, … Read more