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Forensic investigators have recently determined that "cybercriminals" who compromised the computer system of the giant retailer Target "used credentials they stole from one of the retailer's vendors_" to breach their security, according to an article published on the NBC News website. The criminal activity against Target – "_during _the busy holiday shopping period_" – was reported to have resulted in the theft of "_40 million credit and debit card records_" in addition to "_70 million other records_" which contained personal customer data – including their "_addresses and telephone numbers_, "according to the article.
Molly Snyder, a corporate spokeswoman for Target, was quoted in the article to say, "The ongoing forensic investigation has indicated that the intruder stole a vendor's credentials, which were used to access our system._" Snyder did not comment further or give any details about "_what type of credentials were taken from the vendor_, "according to the report. The article quoted Attorney General Eric Holder while he testified before a U.S. Senate hearing, saying that the Justice department "_will seek not only to find the perpetrators of the breach but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud."
Holder confirmed during his statements to senators that the Justice Department takes "_reports of data breaches seriously_" and was quoted in the article to say, "_While we generally do not discuss specific matters under investigation, I can confirm the department is investigating the breach involving the U.S. retailer, Target._."
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 30, 2014