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Target taking actions on security, executive says

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014
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The recent data hackings at Target, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus and arts-and-crafts chain Michaels Stores "compromised the privacy and security of millions of consumers," Leahy said.

Senators pressed Mulligan and Michael Kingston, senior vice president and chief information officer at Neiman Marcus Group Inc., about how quickly they notified customers of the breaches.

Mulligan said Target executives were told on Dec. 12 by the Justice Department of suspicious activity involving payment cards. The company started an investigation, removed malware and publicly announced the data theft on Dec. 19.

A processing firm told Neiman Marcus of a problem on Dec. 13, and the company's investigators made a report on Jan. 2, Kingston said. Customers were notified on Jan. 10. The malware causing the breach appeared to have been operating in many Neiman Marcus stories between July and October, Kingston testified.

An estimated 1.1 million accounts were affected.