Can someone please tell me why people are thinking it is the End of the World because of the data breach with Target? ** And yet, having incredibly poor security and thus access to a world of private information about people (including social security numbers) with Obamacare is a yawner?
Good luck explaining to me why more people aren't hysterical about this.
There is a technique called — what we call passer reconnaissance, which allows us to query — look at how the website operates and performs. And these type of attacks that, you know, I’m mentioning here in the 70,000 that you’re referencing is very easy to do. It’s a rudimentary type attack that doesn’t actually attack the website itself, it extracts information from it without actually having to go into the system. Think of it this way. Think of something where you have a car and the car doors are open and the windows are open, you can see inside of it. That’s basically what they allow you to do. And there is no real sophistication level here. It is just really wide open. So, there is no hacking actually involved. And 70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to. And I stopped after that. You know, and I’m sure it’s hundreds of thousands, if not more and it was done within about a four-minute time frame. So, it’s just wide open. You can literally just open up your browser, go to this and extract all this information. Not actually having to hack the website itself.
You don’t need to hack the website. The data is right out there for anyone to gather, apparently.
** (Full disclosure; working at Target headquarters was my first "real" job after graduate school - and I am a Target shareholder. Irrespective of the data breach - it's a great company.)