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Cracking the Code: How Hackers Stole Target Information

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The massive cyber attack involving up to 110 million Target customers appears to be part of a much larger scam.

The malware -- called kaptoxa -- captures credit card information at the point of sale terminals as customers swipe a card. The massive data theft that happened at Target, helped investigators identify the malicious software code, a portion of which was written in Russian. It's sophisticated...designed to cover its tracks to avoid detection by anti-virus software.

Department of Homeland Security has now released a set of highly technical instructions, telling the nation's retailers how to find the code -- and stop it.

In light of the data hacks at Target as well as upscale retailer Neiman Marcus, cyber security exhibits were popular this week at the National Retail Federation's annual expo.

"The bad guys are working together on security..."

Tom Patterson is with security firm CSC. "They've seen what can happen if you don't take security seriously now. It's more than just an acceptable loss - it's more than just, you know, a shoplifter taking something off your shelf."

Companies took advantage of the trade show to debut more secure payment systems, like card-readers attached to smartphones and tablets...even changes to credit cards themselves. Retailers are vowing to better protect consumers with this new technology.

"We've moved from mag stripes and their basically useless signatures, to cards that will be pin and chip. We're going to see payments leapfrog where they are today."

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