Analysts Say Target’s Entire Network Breached

Target has upped the estimates on its holiday data breach, raising the number of those affected to between 70 million and 110 million people. ThatEUs about three times higher than the retailing giantEUs initial projections of 40 million affected users.

EUI know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken, and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,EU said Gregg Steinhafel, Target's chief executive. However, Target has still not disclosed how the breach occurred.

More Facts Needed

We caught up with Lamar Bailey, director of security research and development at TripWire, to get his take on the latest Target revelations. He told us everyone is talking about the increased numbers of customers affected by this breach but the number of accounts isnEUt the real concern.

EUThe real concern is that that along with the account numbers and pins even more data was stolen including full names, phone numbers, physical and e-mail addresses. This disclosure indicated that the breach happened deeper in the network than originally thought and, as is often the case, we may not have the complete story yet,EU Bailey said.

EUTarget is saying most of the data is EUpartial in nature,' but of the 70 million accounts that were breached how many had all their data exposed? All Target shoppers should be checking their credit reports and card statements for fraudulent accounts and charges. Everyone should assume everything but your DNA profile was stolen,EU he added.

Entire Network Compromised?

Ken Westin, a security researcher at TripWire, told us this incident reflects the horrifying truth of todayEUs data breaches, the organizations affected rarely know they have been breached. Even when they do, he said, it takes a long time before they know the duration of the breach or the scope of the breach.

EUThe fact that such...

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