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Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Take Years To Find

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems last December.

04/17/2014

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Lino Lakes Business Owner Faces Identity Theft Charges

The owner of a massage and skin care business in Lino Lakes, Minn. was charged Friday for allegedly making fraudulent charges on her customer’s accounts. Stephanie Rae Lasch, owner of Stone Water Massage & Skin Care, was charged with felony identity theft.

04/11/2014

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Minnesota’s New US Attorney Plans New Initiatives

Minnesota’s new chief federal prosecutor says he’s launching initiatives to combat human trafficking, heroin, fraud, violent crime and identity theft. It’s an ambitious agenda for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, who was sworn in Feb. 14. He filled a post last held by B. Todd Jones, who juggled dual roles for two years as both U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington until the Senate finally confirmed him as director last July.

04/02/2014

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Fired Gov’t Worker Charged With Accessing Info On 800 Day Care Providers

A human services worker, fired for identity theft, has been charged with burglary and theft after returning to her former workplace, stealing office equipment and accessing the private information of almost 800 daycare providers, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office. On the evening of July 9, 2013, 53-year-old Jan Michelle Gray gained access to the fourth floor of the Anoka County Human Services Building in Blaine by telling a custodian that she forgot her badge, according to a criminal complaint.

03/27/2014

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Target Says It Ignored Early Signs Of Data Breach

Target Corp. has acknowledged its security software picked up on suspicious activity after a massive cyberattack was launched, but it decided not to take immediate action. The acknowledgement comes after Bloomberg Newsweek reported Thursday that Target’s security team in Bangalore received security alerts on Nov. 30 that indicated malicious software had appeared in its network.

03/14/2014

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Woman Convicted Of Stealing $150K From Vulnerable Relative

A 24-year-old woman was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $150,000 from a vulnerable family member, according to the Washington County Attorney’s office. Elaina Lorene Casello was convicted on multiple counts of felony theft and identity theft after stealing money from various bank accounts of an elderly relative. The theft occurred from Feb. 2011 till Dec. 2012, with Casello using the stolen funds to buy several items, in addition to paying her own bills.

03/07/2014

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Minn. Proposes Expanding Data-Breach Notification

A data breach at hometown retailing giant Target is prompting a look at Minnesota data protection laws. The theft late last year of financial and personal data from millions of customers is a driving force behind a bill that a Minnesota House commerce committee was discussing Tuesday.

02/25/2014

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Target Faces 1st MN Lawsuit In Data Breach

Target now faces its first Minnesota lawsuit following the massive data breach that’s believed to have compromised up to 110 million customers’ information. Five rural banks in southern Minnesota have reportedly joined together to file a lawsuit against the retailer.

02/25/2014

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Card Replacements After Target Breach Cost Est. $750K

The massive Target data breach is having a large impact on not just the company’s customers, but is also costing Minnesota’s credit unions hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Minnesota Credit Union Network says $750,000 has been lost.

02/20/2014

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Minn. Tax Preparer Faces 28 Tax-Related Felonies

A 64-year-old Minnetonka man has been accused of stealing clients’ refund money while working as a tax preparer, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Wednesday.

02/12/2014

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Hackers May Have Used Pa. Company To Hit Target

The hackers who stole millions of credit and debit card numbers from Target may have used a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration business as the back door to get in. Fazio Mechanical Services Inc., a contractor that does business with Target, issued a statement Thursday saying it was the victim of a “sophisticated cyberattack operation,” just like Target.

02/07/2014

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Pa. Credit Union Sues Target Over Data Breach

A western Pennsylvania credit union is suing Target Corp. for the cost of reissuing debit cards to about 75 customers whose account information was compromised by computer hackers who stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers from the retailer’s customers.

02/03/2014

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Report: Fraudulent Purchases Made On 5M Cards After Breach

About 5 million credit and debit cards out of the approximately 40 million whose information was stolen in a massive Target data breach have been used to make fraudulent purchases. The Wall Street Journal says that translates to about 10 to 15 percent of the accounts that were compromised late last year.

01/31/2014

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Government To Track Down Thieves In Target Breach

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is committed to tracking down the thieves who stole information from millions of customers of Target Corp. Minneapolis-based Target says it is working with the Secret Service and the Justice Department.

01/29/2014

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Poll: Data Breaches Not Changing People’s Habits

American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren’t taking steps to ensure their data is more secure, says a new Associated Press-GfK Poll.

01/27/2014

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