Human error: what a big mess it can make. New details in the credit card breach that hit Target stores over the holiday shopping season point to a phishing email sent to Target's refrigeration contractor as the staring point of the whole debacle.
Last week, it wasn't clear how the hackers who caused Target's massive credit card breach got into the company's payment system: it was just clear that credentials were stolen or hacked. In a report from Krebs on Security on Wednesday, the answer might have been found -- and it's stranger than you might guess.
After the huge Target credit card breach during the holiday shopping season was announced, several other retailers were reported to have been affected by the same hackers or malware. Now the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks, as more cases of related to the Target hacking appear.
Neiman Marcus has finally disclosed how many of its customers have been affected by a security breach that it previously disclosed to the public. About 1.1 million customers, according to the high end retail store, have been affected over the last three months by a security breach that has also affected Target and other big retailers.