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The way we shop 20 years from now might be drastically different than the way it's done today. Heck, the same could be said about next week, let alone two decades in the future. We're seeing some interesting things as stores and vendors figure out the best way to tap into mobile devices, including apps like the one Target just rolled out to iTunes that can recognizes products without having to scan for a barcode. Target's free app is called "In a Snap" and it's available now for the iPhone. With it, smartphone owners can scan magazine ads with their handset's built-in camera. Beginning this month,... Read more...
In case you hadn’t heard, data breaches are a problem--a huge problem--and to quantify that somewhat, New York AG Eric Schneiderman released a report detailing his state’s data breach information including the costs involved. There’s a lot of meaty data in the report, but one part that stands out is that there were 900 data breaches in New York in 2013 exposing the personal details of 7.3 million people at a cost of $1.37 billion. Woof. Those numbers were driven in large part by the massive Target breach as well as those of Sony and Living Social, and they point to the fact that... Read more...
The chances that your data has been exposed by hackers in the last 12 months is nearing 50%, and it’s probably not your computer that gave up the goods. It was one or more of the dozens of companies you trust to keep your personal information safe. A new study by CNNMoney estimates that the past 12 months have seen as many as 110 million Americans have their data exposed by hacks – and many of them suffer that fate more than once. CNNMoney puts the total number of hacked accounts in the neighborhood of 432 million. Ouch. Target announced a new Digital Advisory Council this week to help... Read more...
The good news for Target and its customers is that the retailer’s robust IT system detected the massive holiday season hack that affected tens of millions of accounts before it ever happened. The bad news is that Target failed to act on that detection, and the rest is history. According to Bloomberg, Target’s security tools detected the malware used in the hack as early as November 30th, and the thieves weren’t able to remove any data until December 2nd, which means that there were a couple of days wherein the threat couild have been mitigated. Bloomberg asserts that it was human... Read more...
Although news about Target’s huge data breach broke almost two months ago, the post-mortem has persisted, and a security firm has posted a detailed breakdown of what went wrong. The story is unnerving, to say the least, as it’s not so much about system-wide failures or anything so big as it is about how all it takes for a body with so many moving parts to fall apart is one weak link and some good old-fashioned phishing. It’s already been established that the breach appears to have emanated from a malware email phishing attack on a Pennsylvania HVAC company called Fazio Mechanical... Read more...
Don't you miss the days when teenagers used to get in trouble for crossing over old man Jenkin's lawn on the way to school? It's a different a era we live in, one where the landscape is connected through cyberspace and ripe for mischief of a totally different kind. Hence it shouldn't be all that shocking to find out that a Russian teen is believed to be responsible for the malware that was used to infiltrate Target and make off with personal data for up to 110 million customers. The same malware was also used in an attack against Neiman Marcus and could show up in other attacks against retailers,... Read more...
The data breach at Target that resulted in millions of customer credit and debit card data being compromised is much worse than initially thought. Target had revealed last month that as many as 40 million payment card accounts may have been impacted between November 27 and December 15, 2013, but the retail giant has since discovered that a second batch of data was also stolen. That batch includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses for up to 70 million additional customers, bringing the tally to 110 million. The additional data is not part of a new breach, but was uncovered... Read more...
The fallout from the massive holiday Target data breach persists, as the retailer works feverishly to sort out exactly what happened and what to do about it. The 40 million or so customers who used cards at Target between November 27th and December 15th and had their data accessed by cybercrooks still need to be wary of any fraudulent activity, but there’s at least a shred of good news: your PIN numbers are safe. According to the most recent update from Target, PIN numbers are encrypted at the keypad with Triple DES encryption, and the company can’t decrypt them because the keys don’t... Read more...
Target on Thursday confirmed reports that hackers gained access to credit and debit card data during the holiday shopping season. According to Target, around 40 million payment card accounts may have been impacted between November 27 and December 15, 2013. That time frame falls right in the midst of the some of the busiest shopping days of the year, starting with the day before Thanksgiving and on through the middle of December. "Target’s first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any... Read more...
It seems like a lot of companies are getting in on the iPad trade-in action, including Microsoft, Best Buy, and now Target. From now until November 9th, you can take your old (but working and unscratched) iPad to Target and swap it for at least $200. That means you could potentially get more than that, depending on the age and condition of the iPad. The $200 will take the form of a Target Trade-In Gift Card, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding $200 worth of merchandise you want or need at Target. (They have groceries now, for crying out loud.) Target has a running program where you... Read more...
Target is launching its own online video rental service called Target Ticket to compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, and more direct retailer-come-content servers Walmart (Vudu) and Best Buy (CinemaNow). The service is still in beta, but it appears that some employees as well as REDcard holders have been able to participate in the beta. TechCrunch says that Target Ticket will resemble iTunes more than Netflix or Hulu in that instead of paying a monthly subscription, you’ll be able to buy or rent movies and TV shows a la carte. Movies will cost about $14.99 or $12.99, and... Read more...
If you haven't heard, Facebook is now a public company. That means that the experience has, and will continue to change into eternity now that the company has to turn a profit to satisfy shareholders. Facebook has been cramming ads into feeds left and right, and is even experimenting with an option that'll let users pay real money to send a message into someone's Facebook Inbox. But here's a money-making idea that feels a lot less forced: gift cards. The new Facebook Card is a new twist on a familiar concept, and considering that giving is always better than getting, it might just make you feel... Read more...
RadioShack is one of those companies that you have to wonder about. Does it have what it takes to compete in the modern-day landscape of online shopping and major electronic store domination? Do people still need it in the same way they used to? In a strange retail move, RadioShack announced this week the end of its relationship with Target, where it helps operate Target Mobile in 1,500 Target stores. The partnership will officially dissolve on April 8th. The RadioShack and Target partnership provided RadioShack access to manage Target's post-paid mobility business, but RadioShack did not manage... Read more...
Target has a message for Amazon and other popular online retailers: "You better check yourself before you wreck yourself." We're more than paraphrasing (Target didn't actually say that), but an updated price match policy makes it clear that the brick and mortar retailer is tired of being shoved around by online competitors. Effective immediately, Target stores will price match top online retailers year-round, including Amazon.com, Walmart.com, BestBuy.com, and Toysrus.com (and Babiesrus.com). If you find a lower price on Target's own website, the company will price match that, too. "Guests can... Read more...
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