Breaking the Target: An Analysis of Target Data Breach and Lessons Learned
by Xiaokui Shu, Ke Tian*, Andrew Ciambrone* and Danfeng (Daphne) Yao, Member, IEEE
January 18, 2017
This paper analyzes the events leading up to the second most devastating data breach in history: the attack on the Target Corporation. It breaks down the timeline, methodology and anatomy of BlackPOS – the malware used in the attack. In addition to a case analysis, this paper discusses the lack of consideration placed on safeguarding credit card information, and the need for improved transparency between large private sector entities and government agencies.