Russian Teen At The Center Of Cyber Attacks On Target, Neiman Marcus

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jan 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-19 16:14:44-05
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia ( — A Russian teenager has been put at the center of the cyber attacks against major retailers here in the states.

A security firm says they have identified a 17-year-old from St. Petersburg as the culprit and author of the malware used to breach security of stores like Target and Neiman Marcus.

The report, released Friday night, says that teen sold more than 60 versions of the software to cyber criminals in Eastern Europe and other countries.

It says the teen did not carry out the attacks himself, just wrote the programs. The criminals then used the program to enter retailers systems by finding easy or weak passwords to gain access to servers remotely.

Target has yet to comment.