An executive of Target Corp. says the retailer has taken actions to shore up security following the massive breach of millions of consumers’ data during the holiday season. He urged banks, retailers and the government to work together to protect consumers.
Congress began a series of hearings Monday before a Senate banking subcommittee into the massive data breach at Target and other retailers. The Secret Service was grilled about when Target told then about the breach, and another hearing is slated for Tuesday. That’s when Target CFO John Mulligan will be in the hot seat.
Team WCCO braved the elements Saturday for a pair of charity pond hockey games on Lake Minnetonka. The team ranged in age from 14 to 62, and happily accepted the help of former Wild player Mark Parrish as a ringer. “This is awesome,” Parrish said. “It takes you right back. This is where it all began for all of us.” The wind chill on Lake Minnetonka was minus 15, but it was all for a good cause.
To school administrators: I get it, your job is hard. But being a mom, dad or guardian of a child is too. I get that when the high is -10, schools should be closed. What I don’t get is why these calls are not made sooner so that parents can make plans, not only for their children but for their own work schedules.
As athletes from around the world prepare to attend the Olympics in Sochi next month, concerns about security continue to mount. One member of the Senate Intelligence Committee says he wouldn’t go, and he wouldn’t have his family go.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar chose to hold her news conference call Tuesday on phone companies, saying they should put a kill switch in all cell phones at the University of Minnesota.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is eyeing a major expansion of gambling with a plan to sell Minnesota Lottery tickets on about 2,500 electronic tablets that are already installed in the main terminal. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan confirms Monday that the plan is under consideration by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.
New developments have been revealed about the Target data breach. The cyber intelligence company, Intelcrawler, says a 17-year-old from Russia, may be the author of the malware that is being blamed for the compromising of more than 100 million credit card accounts used at Target.
A news article Saturday puts the blame for the 100 million plus credit card breach squarely on the Target bullseye. The story in the New York Times said hackers trolling for vulnerable retailers found an easy target (pun intended), in the Minneapolis-based company.
New figures released by the Minnesota Department of Health show the flu continues to be widespread. Last week there were 186 hospitalizations, down nine from the previous week. But experts say that does not reflect a decrease because many cases from last week have yet to be officially reported. Doctors who spoke with WCCO say many people who have gotten the flu this year are laid up for at least a week.
A Twin Cities man was sentenced to 90 days in jail for trying to cut a dog’s head off with a machete last year. In December, 38-year-old George Nichols pleaded guilty to charges that alleged he attacked an 11-pound miniature pinscher, which he co-owned with his ex-fiancee.
Sen. Al Franken is demanding answers from a major auto dealer after an executive said the company is using GPS information to track customers’ activities.
The number of flu cases is up sharply in Minnesota. Last week, there were 144 flu-related hospitalizations across the state. That’s up from 118 the week before.
A 32-year-old woman was found dead just feet from her Lakeville doorstep and authorities now believe hypothermia may be to blame. Andrea Marker was found Tuesday afternoon lying just in front of the home she shared with her parents.
A Maplewood woman’s pickup truck plunged over an Interstate 694 guard rail and landed on a pond 40 feet below in Little Canada Tuesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.