Inside the Target Security Breach

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  • The Largest Security Breach in the Nation
  • Target
  • What Went Wrong?
  • How Do Credit and Debit Cards Work?
  • What Type of Information Is Stored on a Credit or Debit Card?
  • Is the Magnetic Strip Easy for Hackers to Decode?
  • Is Credit Card Security an Issue?
  • What Is Target Doing About the Security Breach?
  • Chase Enforces Limit for Card Holders
  • Card Companies Monitor for Fraud
  • Breach Prompts Federal Investigation
  • Secret Service Vows to Get to the Bottom of it
  • Target Shoppers File Suit
  • Is The U.S. an Easy Target?
  • What Do I Do If My Card Was Hacked?
  • The Future of American Credit and Bank Cards

What Went Wrong?

Typically credit card hackers attack company databases where personal information is stored, but according to James Wester, research director of IDC Financial Insights, the Target attack likely involved an attack on Target's point-of-sale (POS) system. 

(Photo: AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

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