Date: 18 March 2014

Author: cwilkinson

Missed FireEye Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It

On Saturday, Nov. 30, the hackers had set their traps and had just one thing to do before starting the attack: plan the data’s escape route. As they uploaded exfiltration malware to move stolen credit card numbers—first to staging points spread around the U.S. to cover their tracks, then into their computers in Russia—FireEye spotted them. Bangalore got an alert and flagged the security team in Minneapolis.

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