Here are some tips you need to know if you think you’re a potential victim of Target’s security breach.
Q: How did this happen?
A: Target has said that the breach was caused by malware that affected its U.S. stores.
Ken Stasiak, founder and CEO of SecureState, a Cleveland-based information security firm that investigates data breaches like this one, says it’s likely that the perpetrators infiltrated Target’s main information hub with malware and from there were able to access the store point-of-sale systems. Once the malware was in the POS systems, it could collect credit and debit card numbers as the cards were swiped.