Other Targets: More U.S. Retailers Reportedly Hacked Over Holidays

Other Targets: More U.S. Retailers Reportedly Hacked Over HolidaysLaw enforcement sources tell Reuters that they suspect Eastern Europe hackers are behind a string of U.S. retailer security breaches that go beyond the already-reported cyber attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus stores.
Smaller-scale breaches on at least three other well-known U.S. retailers took place over the holidays and were conducted using similar techniques like the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the attacks — Reuters says.
Those breaches have yet to be made public.
Aside from Target’s breach, only Neiman Marcus has said they were victimized by a cyber attack.
On December 19, Target disclosed the biggest, single hack of an estimated 40 million credit and debit card numbers. On Friday, Target said the data breach was worse than first thought, with at least 70 million customers affected. Target now says that names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses were already stolen.
Reuters said that investigators believe the attackers used similar techniques malicious software to steal data from Target and the other retailers.
Consumers are advised to check their credit card accounts and checking accounted tied to debit cards regularly. Consumers can also set email alerts if necessary. Most major card issuers let customers set alerts when charges are made on the account over a certain amount.

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