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Target’s tale: Lesson learned or will you be burned?

Written by: March Thaler

Turn back the clock to late last year. At the height of theshutterstock_125177096-300x255 holiday season, between November 27 and December 15, hackers certainly gave new meaning to the term “hit the bull’s-eye!”

Cybercriminals toyed with retail giant Target, known for the circular red and white logo that symbolizes its name. Information from 40 million guest debit and credit card accounts was stolen – or so it was thought. The initial estimate, already among the largest in U.S. corporate history, turned out to be a fraction of the total. Today, it ranges from 70 million to 110 million, depending on reports.

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Hackers Find the Internet a Target-Rich Environment Thanks to Poor Patch Management

You would think that with things like automatic updates, applicationshackers-poor-patch-management that can automatically patch themselves, and the constant media attention towards security, hackers would be a dying breed, bereft of targets which they can exploit. Unfortunately, poor patch management practices across the board means that the ever-growing number of connected devices are providing hackers with and endless supply of fresh victims.

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