• Date: December 2013
  • Impact: Credit/debit card information and/or contact information of up to 110 million people compromised.
  • Details: The breach actually began before Thanksgiving, but was not discovered until several weeks later. The retail giant initially announced that hackers had gained access through a third-party HVAC vender to its point-of-sale (POS) payment card readers, and had collected about 40 million credit and debit card numbers.

By January 2014, however, the company upped that estimate, reporting that personally identifiable information (PII) of 70 million of its customers had been compromised. That included full names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. The final estimate is that the breach affected as many as 110 million customers.

This is a great example of how modern attacks are utilizing smaller less secure targets to move to larger more lucrative targets. Great podcast for SMB owners and IT Firms who manage the IT services to SMB clients. We will also cover the who what when where of the attack and how it could have been mitigated. Tune in April 19. 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

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