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Offline paul  
#1 Posted : Monday, November 10, 2014 5:49:08 AM(UTC)
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The more time that passes, the more details come to light regarding a major security breach at Home Depot that exposed 53 million customer email addresses on top of compromising 56 million credit and debit cards. There's an ongoing investigation into the incident, and one of the latest tidbits is that Home Depot is placing some of the blame on Microsoft.

That doesn't mean Home Depot is absolved of any blame on itself -- the company was slow to address lingering security issues -- though the vulnerability that the hackers exploited was one that existed in Windows. The attackers used a third-party vendor's username and password combination to infiltrate the perimeter of Home Depot's network, and once inside, they gained access to a more secure main computer network by squirming through a security hole in Windows, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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To Microsoft's credit, it issued a patch, which Home Depot installed, but it came after the hackers had already done what they set out to do. Once inside the unpatched system, they were able to move about like an employee with high-level permissions. They then set free a piece of malware on Home Depot's point-of-sale systems, which collected data from 7,500 of the company's self-checkout lanes.

Batches of stolen credit and debit card data quickly began showing up on underground marketplaces. Some of those belonged to Home Depot employees, which is ultimately how the company was made aware of the breach -- suspicious charges showed up on cards belonging to Home Depot executives while they were away on vacation for the Labor Day holiday.

While all this was going on, an IT employee purchased two dozen iPhones and MacBooks for senior executives at Home Depot, hinting that the hardware store's confidence in Microsoft and Windows was at least a little bit shaken.
Offline GeoffGoldsmith  
#2 Posted : Monday, November 10, 2014 11:06:21 AM(UTC)
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By windows they mean "our IT group"

Offline DanMartin  
#3 Posted : Monday, November 10, 2014 3:40:22 PM(UTC)
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So if my computer gets hacked then I can blame Microsoft too? Maybe tighten up your security setup

Offline starwhite  
#4 Posted : Monday, November 10, 2014 4:25:44 PM(UTC)
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Why does everyone always blame windows for their own lack of security measures? Microsoft Windows was never designed to be the end all, be all. Windows is like a basic framework to create with.

Offline realneil  
#5 Posted : Monday, November 10, 2014 5:11:44 PM(UTC)
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Have to quit shopping there, (like Target).

Offline CliffVincent  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, November 11, 2014 1:59:07 AM(UTC)
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dont you love when they blame windows for this but they wont even consider blaming apple for a much more obvious breach

Offline NickBartel  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, November 11, 2014 7:08:25 PM(UTC)
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go to linux

Offline digitaldd  
#8 Posted : Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:54:31 AM(UTC)
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NickBartel wrote:

go to linux

Too bad when you put Linux in the hands of an idiot you end up with the same problems.

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