Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Mysterious Unidentified Retailer In The TJX Indictments

Evan Schuman writes on StorefrontBacktalk:

The feds were certainly not shy about naming retail victims in the 41 million payment card heist, listing in one of the indictments TJX, BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, DSW and Forever 21.

But the mystery retailer had several differences from the other retailers. First, this retailer was the only one whose perimeter security systems detected the mouse-toting bandits, although it did so only after the binary bullies had grabbed some card numbers, including some ATM PINs.

Therein may lie the reason for this retailer's mask. On the one hand, this Fortune 500 merchant is an unsung hero in breaking this case. Not coincidentally, that chain was the final one the defendants wirelessly hacked into through a Florida wireless access point. Blocked of their last system in mid-October 2007, one of the two men charged with attempting that final cyber thievery today faces life in prison, if convicted of all charges.

More here.


At Sun Aug 17, 02:32:00 PM PDT, Blogger Ben Wright said...

Fergie: Careful reading of the indictments of the TJX data thieves show that the media, card issuers and Federal Trade Commission over-reacted to the TJX incident. The TJX break-in was not as bad as we were led to believe. --Ben


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