Target admits security warning ignored before breach - KMSP-TV

Target admits security warning ignored before breach

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Target acknowledges it didn't take any immediate action when its security software picked up on suspicious activity.

An investigation by Bloomberg BusinesWeek found Target's security team was alerted on Nov. 30 about a malware invasion on its network, but the home office in Minneapolis determined the alert "did not warrant immediate follow-up."


"Despite the fact that we invested hundreds of millions of dollars in data security, had a robust system in place, and had recently been certified as PCI compliant, the unfortunate reality is that we experienced a data breach.

"Like any large company, each week at Target there are a vast number of technical events that take place and are logged. Through our investigation, we learned that after these criminals entered our network, a small amount of their activity was logged and surfaced to our team. That activity was evaluated and acted upon. Based on their interpretation and evaluation of that activity, the team determined that it did not warrant immediate follow up. With the benefit of hindsight, we are investigating whether, if different judgments had been made the outcome may have been different.

"Our investigation is ongoing and we are committed to making further investments in our people, processes and technology with the goal of reinforcing security for our guests."

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