Target customer data hack could be part of larger cyber attack

By Balitang America Staff

Jan. 13, 2014

Security experts believe a massive customer data hack that compromised the credit card and personal information of up to 110-million holiday Target shoppers could be part of a bigger cyber attack.

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus now joins Target as the second company to report that it was hit by data crooks.

The upscale retailer announced Friday that its data base of credit card customers was hacked in mid-December—about the same time Target was hacked.

According to a report by Reuters, at least three other “well-known US retailers” were subject to data breaches, which used “similar techniques” to the attack on Target.

The report adds that hackers used “malicious software” to break into the retailers’ databases and steal information.

Neiman Marcus officials say they are notifying customers who may be affected.

Financial expert Rod Mercado of Financial Rescue LLC says that while banks and credit card companies are able to monitor accounts for fraudulent activity, customers should still be vigilant about checking their statements.

“If you find something on your account that you’re not sure about, don’t wait. Be your own guard,” he said.

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