New Evidence Shows Target's Security Breach Could Have Been Stopped

Posted Wednesday March 19, 2014 7:15 AM GMT

They’ve been dealing with all kinds of backlash and damage control since a massive data security breach during the holiday shopping season, and now it turns out Target could have easily put a stop to the problem before it spun out of control.

According to company spokeswoman Molly Snyder, “With the benefit of hindsight, we are investigating whether, if different judgments had been made, the outcome may have been different.”

Target’s FireEye security software actually sounded several alarms that went largely unnoticed. “Like any large company, each week at Target there is a vast number of technical events that take place and are logged.”

Snyder added, “Through our investigation, we learned that after these criminals entered our network, a small amount of their activity was logged and surfaced to our team. That activity was evaluated and acted upon. Based on their interpretation and evaluation of that activity, the team determined that it did not warrant immediate follow-up.”

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