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March 11, 2014

Target Hackers Showed Intimate Knowledge of Firm's Network, Suggests McAfee

Techworld — The attack that planted malware on Target's point of sale (POS) terminals in November's huge data breach used inside knowledge of the network rather than a vulnerability in its retail software, McAfee has said in its latest quarterly analysis.

Snippets of information on the attack's engineering have been trickling out steadily since Target made the incident public in January, but this one suggests if not complexity then at least a degree of planning.

As has been widely discussed, the Target attack deployed the off-the-shelf BlackPOS, a generic but hugely popular toolkit used by criminals to capture data on retail computers connected to the card readers used by customers.

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http://www.cio.com/article/749537/Target_Hackers_Showed_Intimate_Knowledge_of_Firm_s_Network_Suggests_McAfee