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The Blackstone Group L.P. Message Board

mista_kurtz_he_dead 6 posts  |  Last Activity: Sep 16, 2014 8:12 AM Member since: May 25, 2000
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  • mista_kurtz_he_dead by mista_kurtz_he_dead Sep 3, 2014 5:09 PM Flag

    Please note that Home Depot uses the same Win XP based POS readers as did Target, as well as being protected by Symantec Endpoint, also like Target. But this infection has been running around since April, and HD has a lot more sales than TGT.

    When the full news breaks, this breach is going to be massive. Don't be blind.

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    Which credit cards were impacted?

    by y2k7trillionover Sep 4, 2014 9:43 PM
    mista_kurtz_he_dead mista_kurtz_he_dead Sep 5, 2014 7:23 AM Flag

    The malware existed on the Point-of-sale devices. Any card that was swiped is at risk. If there is a good thing, it's that the amount of cards exceeds the number of thieves ready to use them.

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    On POS systems

    by retiredexaon Sep 9, 2014 10:18 AM
    mista_kurtz_he_dead mista_kurtz_he_dead Sep 11, 2014 3:46 PM Flag

    Don't blame just the POS devices, The malware had to get onto the servers in order to transmit the stolen information out, and HD uses the same #$%$ that target did, namely Symantec Endpoint.

    That's why Palo Alto networks and FireEye have surged- they actually can detect Zero-Day targeted malware unlike Symantec.

  • mista_kurtz_he_dead by mista_kurtz_he_dead Sep 13, 2014 8:15 AM Flag

    Note the Bloomberg article. Symantec investigates and says malware got by their product (Symantec Endpoint) because an older version was used. What they don't say is that the same class of malware that caused the Target breach got by a current version (12.1) of Symantec. Amazing how these people lie.

  • mista_kurtz_he_dead by mista_kurtz_he_dead Sep 15, 2014 3:02 PM Flag

    Why isn't any info coming from HD enumerating the extent of the breach? Don't customers need to know?

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    Breach Update

    by mista_kurtz_he_dead Sep 15, 2014 3:02 PM
    mista_kurtz_he_dead mista_kurtz_he_dead Sep 16, 2014 8:12 AM Flag

    I think I may know the answer to the Canadian question. The malware used was in the same class as the one used in the Target breach, and that one also accessed the data bank of previous transactions which Target kept 10 years worth. So if HD kept an unencrypted record of previous transactions and that was pillaged, it wouldn't matter what type of card was used.

    But they'll never tell us- they are hoping it will all go away so they can rake up their bonuses.

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