It wasn’t ShellShock or HeartBleed that caused credit card woes within Home Depot – it was continuing to use an outdated, unsupported operating system. Yikes! Sadly, this is one of the reasons why Target was targeted (pardon the pun) as they were also using Windows XP Embedded. If you happen to see a point of sale cash register using Windows XP, it might not be a bad idea to pay cash instead of swiping your credit/debit card.
“The fallout from the Home Depot data breach is starting to be felt by financial institutions. Credit unions have spent nearly $60 million to reissue cards, deal with fraud and cover other costs as a result of the breach.”
Russia has long been known as a hotbed for black hat hackers due to their “untouchable” status within the Russian government. There are essentially three rules when it comes to being a Russian hacker that gives you this “untouchable” status:
1) You are not allowed to hack anything within the sovereign boundary.
2) If you find anything of interest to the regime, you share it.
3) When called upon for “Patriotic Activities”, you answer the call.