Autopsy of a Data Breach: The Target Case

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HEC Montreal Centre for Case Studies ()

This case deals with the events in late 2013 that led to the largest breach of confidential data in history at that time. In fact, on December 19, 2013, Target announced that its computer network had been infiltrated by cybercriminals who had stolen 40 million credit and debit card numbers and the personal information of around 70 million other customers. The case presents the activities of the cybercriminals that led to the attack, details of how the theft was committed, the steps Target took to deter them, their unfortunate response during the attack, and ultimately the impact the breach had on Target and Your clients. Retailer as a whole.

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