Discuss: Data Breach at Target

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January 17, 2014 at 05:41:46
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news of continuing revelations concerning the massive security breach at Target stores. Discuss here if believe your data was exposed, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
January 18, 2014 at 10:14:45
Being a dedicated Walmart shopper I wasn't caught up in Target's problems. But shortly after the revelations I went there to buy a gift card as a Christmas gift. The girl at the counter assumed I was paying with a credit card and pointed to the swipe machine. I laughed and said, 'do you think I'd pay for anything here with a credit card?' She didn't seem to be amused by that.

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#2
January 18, 2014 at 12:45:24
Sadly there is no really secure commercial (retail at least) secure system. If someone wants to gain unauthorised access - they will…

This time it was Target next time it could easily be Albertsons, Walmart, and so on…

Mind you "if" Target was aware of poor security and chose to ignore valid warnings… then they have only themselves to blame for any lawsuits that may arise…

It does tend to discourage one from using credit cards, even swipe (debit) cards etc. though. A lot to be said for using the olde fashioned tokens called money...


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#3
January 20, 2014 at 07:58:00
I bought a Nook ereader for my wife after the announcement that there had been a breach that was fixed. Figured things were OK and they were the only store that had the version of the Nook I wanted, so I bought with a credit card it just after Christmas.

This morning I see there was another breach at Target. Not making me happy.

I did check that account online this morning and don't see any fraudulent activity. That said, I will need to monitor that card for a while now.


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#4
January 22, 2014 at 17:43:36
My credit union decided to issue new cards to everyone involved in the date range suggested. I thought that was nice of them as I was unaware I purchased there..normally I use cash.

::mike


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#5
January 23, 2014 at 11:55:36
No worries, as long as at the time a court case is heard, no one can prove there were any damages or malicious/fraudulent use caused by the data breach. The courts in Canada have ruled in favour of the governments and corporations and said no harm=no foul=no damages=no case! In my case the Federal Government lost all my personal information including social insurance number, all of my health records and tax records on a usb stick(me and 5000 others). Sorry about my luck suffices says the courts. So they can lose your data everyday as long you can't prove harm at the time the case is heard. The only person to make money off the case was the law firm of Flaherty and Assoc.- oddly enough related to the Minister of Finance (Jim Flaherty), the government paid the multi million dollar legal bill, but the peoples who data was lost got the big stiffy!

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#6
February 15, 2014 at 18:19:09
The subject line should have been: Discuss: The SECOND Data Breach At Target.

Let's not forget that it's the second time that Target was compromised. Target was sued by credit card companies, to cover the cost of handling the fraud cases, after the first incident, which cost them millions. That was just a few years ago. I'm sure that they raised prices, to cover it. Let's see what happens this time.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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