Walmart Cyber Security Attack
Certain documents relating to a wave of 2005-2006 cyber attacks on Wal-Mart—the United States' largest retailer—has just been released. It shows that the company is among the
earliest targets of hackers who were specifically after the bank-card-processing systems of brick-and-mortar stores way back in 2005. The information about the system exploit as well as Wal-Mart's difficulties in reconstructing these past events has shed some new light on the exposed condition of retail security at the time despite the placement of payment-processing regulations since the beginning of the decade.
Wal Mart compromised and breached in November 2006
All the same, after many months of undetected break-ins since 2005, the Wal-Mart breach really started unraveling on November 5, 2006, after the retail giant's IT security department was brought in to investigate a suspicious server crash. The dubiousness of the crash rooted from the fact that someone had installed L0phtrack (a password-cracking program) onto the system itself, which made the incident anything but a routine event. In fact, it was the intruders' attempts at launching the program that caused the crash in the first place.
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