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Target security breach: Are cyber attacks becoming the new normal?

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The metro Detroit online security company Nuspire Networks investigates and stops thousands of cyber attacks every day. Its clients span the globe and include banks, medical offices and retailers. Target is not one of them.

The retail giant recently admitted four-digit pins are among the data stolen from millions of customers in the massive hacking operation. Target claims the pins were encrypted and are still safe and secure because they can only be opened by a third party payment processor used by the company.

Employees at Nuspire Networks weigh in on the hacking operation.
 
"If it wasn't an intrusion prevention type situation it was the detection scenario, where maybe not enough analytics [was] going on in the background to look at the traffic, to look at what was going on a day-to-day basis," says Saylor Frase, President of Nuspire Networks.
 
The company has dealt with nearly five million potential cyber threats in December alone.
 
"You can lose hundreds of thousands of credit card information in hours," says Frase. The attack on Target took place over a three week period.

"It looked like Target was looking left when they should have actually looked right," says Tim Gallagher, a cyber security expert at Nuspire Networks. He says consumers do it often, as well. Little federal regulation exists on how businesses store and protect your banking information. If it's stolen, crooks may test it by charging a dollar now and a pricey purchase later.   

"If you start seeing little tiny changes or little tiny purchases don't write it off as it's a dollar - write it off as a probe. Someone may be looking at you to see if you're valuable or not," advises Gallagher.

The outdated technology on our credit and debit cards don't make things easier and, according to experts, there's no rush to change it. These cyber attacks are fast becoming the new normal and consumers could play a big role on whether they're successful or not.

"These things have happened in the past, we've seen with T.J.Maxx, with several other retailers and now Target. If the consumers don't respond by maybe voting with their dollars or caring where that data is being protected then there's really not the accountability there to affect change," says Frase.

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