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Claimed ID of Target Malware Maker Disputed

IntelCrawler, the California-based cyber-security firm, is the target of a recent dispute after claiming that a 17-year-old Russian authored the malicious software responsible for the current large "_Target data breach_, "according to reports from the Washington Post and KSDK News in St. Louis, MO. According to the article, Internet security blogger and former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs disputed the firm's claims during an interview and on Twitter on January 19th.

It has been claimed by IntelCrawler and reported in the article that a Russian teenager "authored the malicious software and reportedly sold it for about $2,000 to dozens of cyber-criminals in Eastern Europe and other countries._" The article indicates that IntelCrawler reported that the teenager only "_authored the malware_" not that he "_perpetrated the breach." IntelCrawler's president Dan Clements was reported in the article to say, "We don't think we are wrong."

According to the article, the malicious software called "BlackPOS" was reported to have been authored by the teen early last year. The article states that this "malware" could enable attackers to "remotely hack into Target's computer systems and obtain customer credit card numbers and other information, which was then sent back to a computer-controlled by cyber thieves._" The report stated that the Russian teenager is allegedly "_a well-known programmer of malicious code in the underground world_. " It has also been reported that this malicious software may have been used in an additional retail attack on Neiman Marcus, who is yet to comment on "_how many customers were affected by its breach."

Read more about IntelCrawler, their claims, and the dispute about the cause of these attacks at the full article here at the Washington Post and KSDK News.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  January 20, 2014

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