She handed me a gift card to Target.
On Dec. 19, Target was a victim of a data breach that initially affected a reported 40 million payment card numbers, but was later said to have affected 70 million customers. Neiman Marcus was also a victim of a cyber attack. And a new report by Reuters says that there are other retailers that were affected by smaller breaches, but those stores have remained unnamed.
Slate's Lily Hay Newman reports that the source of the latest data breaches of Target, Neiman Marcus, and other retailers is a 17-year-old Russian who created the software sold to "more than 60 Eastern European cybercriminals" that later used in the hacks.
Logan: Mike, have you been in a shopping establishment lately? While I was home I went to a Target and wanted to buy every notebook and pencil in the place. I had like, an ache. For school supplies.
Did anyone else receive this email from Target apologizing for the data breach and offering a year of free credit-monitoring? It looks like anyone can sign up for free monitoring service by going here. Enjoy, I guess?