Millions of American customers of both Target and high-end retailer Neiman Marcus had their credit card information stolen over the 2013 holiday season. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Rasch, former Department of Justice prosecutor for cyber crimes, about how hackers may have acquired so much sensitive information — and what might be done with it.
Target is apologizing in full-page newspaper ads for a massive cybersecurity breach. Hackers stole the credit card numbers of 40 million Target shoppers over the holiday season. And on Friday, the retailer acknowledged that the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of at least 70 million customers were also stolen. Neiman Marcus has also admitted it was a victim of hacking, but has not said how many customers were affected. And according to Reuters, three other well-known U.S. retailers were the recent targets of similar breaches.
The editor of the Guardian, the newspaper that published a bulk of the stories about the US National Security Agency’s mass surveillance, appeared before a parliamentary committee in London on Tuesday.
Alan Rusbridger defended his newspaper’s decision to publish stories based on documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, telling the committee the information was in the public’s interest.