Target hack started by teenager

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
January 21, 2014

VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing

When you think about the malware that infected several of the nation’s largest retailers, including compromising an estimated 110 million customers at Target, it would seem like a massive criminal organization would have been responsible — one that is seen in Hollywood movies, filled with black hat hackers and backed by evil billionaires.

The reality is far from that though.

According to a recent article from CNN, security firm IntelCrawler is reporting that a Russian teenager was responsible for writing the code for the “BlackPOS” malware. The 17-year-old is believed to have created the original version of the software in early 2013 and shared it with others. Since then it has been manipulated and tweaked to the point that there are more than 40 versions that have been traced to retail hacks around the world.

“Well, we should be worried. One of the things the hackers do is take the malware as it’s called. Once it’s identified, then the security community can rally around it and put controls in place. But the problem is, the hackers know that. And they manipulate or mutate this malware, and then reuse it,” SecureState CEO Ken Stasiak told the news source.

This is a brief look into the current landscape of IT security and how quickly one piece of malware can become a major industry problem. All businesses need to make sure they have the proper IT security protocols in place and the talent to manage the evolving challenges. VAR Staffing helps quality solution providers identity and recruit the impactful talent they need to protect their enterprise partners.

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