Teen Identified in Target Hack Attack
Authorities believe they have identified the person behind the Target store security breach. But could a teenager be behind the recent elaborate and complex cyber attack?
Investigators have identified a seventeen year old that they say may be behind the major retail-based security breach that affected nearly 70 million Target shoppers over the holidays in late 2013.
The malware, which infected the point-of-sales terminals in Target stores nationwide was allegedly written by a 17-year-old with roots in St. Petersburg, Russia.
IntelCrawler said in a blog post Friday that it identified the teen code-writer, who they said wasn’t responsible for the security breaches of Target, but rather sold the software to cyber-criminals.
We believe that he originated the code, or the malware everybody’s calling it now. And was able to put it up on the Internet for download for other hackers to then take, and potentially use it for malicious harm. And that’s what we believe happened to Target and Neiman Marcus.” – SecureState CEO Ken Stasiak
Experts are now warning retailers to be prepared for more potential cyber attacks. Retail giant Neiman Marcus reported a similar security breach earlier this month.