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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Senate Report Details Target Responsibility for Data Breach

Target failed to respond to warnings and properly isolate sensitive data, leading to last year's massive data breach, a congressional report said yesterday. The Senate Commerce Committee report, timed to coincide with a data security hearing today, argued that "Target missed a number of opportunities along the kill chain to stop the attackers and prevent the massive data breach."

Specifically, the report indicates that Target gave network access to a third-party vendor with insufficient security, failed to respond to multiple warnings of malware installation in Target's network and allowed intruders to move successfully from less secure areas to access consumer data.

Read the report.