Verge – Target’s security staff may have been aware of vulnerabilities in the retailer’s systems months before a massive breach compromised data on millions of shoppers. The Wall Street Journal reports that at least one internal analyst had called for a thorough review of the defenses around Target’s payment terminals, which were later infiltrated during the sophisticated attack.
That request was initially “brushed off” according to the Journal. It’s unclear if a review was eventually granted before hackers made off with 40 million debit and credit card numbers — and a wealth of other customer information. The specific nature of those concerns are also unknown, the Journal says, so any vulnerabilities exploited by the hackers may have still been in place even after the requested review.