Instead of waiting for something to happen, a Minnesota school district is being proactive by taking security to the next level. Eastern Carver County added secure entrances to each school, and more surveillance cameras this school year. Shana Anderson often volunteers at her son’s school, Bluff Creek Elementary. This year, there’s a new step before she can get to the office.
Popular sandwich chain Jimmy John’s seems to be the latest victim of a national data breach involving customers’ credit and debit cards.
It’s been just about two months since the All-Star game was played at Target Field, but Minneapolis Police are just now getting an idea of how much it cost them. It took about 700 police personnel to keep downtown safe during the days leading up to the game.
Computer hackers may have pulled off the biggest data breach in history. Security experts say a Russian gang stole more than one billion usernames and passwords and 500,000 email addresses.
Between the All-Star Game events and the thousands of spectators, it’s a lot to monitor. “It’s a big operation,” Minneapolis Police Commander Scott Gerlicher said. The security command post for the All-Star Game, which kept at an undisclosed location, houses around 30 of the top city, state and federal law enforcement officials who are working together this week.
The last time baseball’s All-Star Game was in Minnesota Pete Rose was still playing, the Metrodome was brand new, and it cost $2 to watch the home run derby. A lot has changed in 29 years. This year, the Minneapolis Area Convention and Visitors Bureau projects the four-day All-Star Game events will bring in $75 million, and draw 160,000 visitors.
Target Corp. has named Brad Maiorino as chief information security officer as the company overhauls its security department in the wake of a massive data breach. The nation’s third-largest retailer, based in Minneapolis, said Tuesday that Maiorino will join the company Monday and be responsible for the company’s information security and technology risk strategy.
The Minnesota Twins will begin using walk-through metal detectors at Target Field starting with the team’s home opener on Monday, April 7. It will be a phased-in effort, with all the gates to have the detectors by early May, according to Twins spokesperson Kevin Smith.
An association representing Minnesota police officers is suing the National Football League over a policy banning handguns in stadiums unless the gun holder is providing security. The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association says this means off-duty officers can’t keep their weapons in stadiums.
Target’s computer security staff raised concerns about its payment-card system at least two months before the massive data breach.
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.
The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target’s stores will get worse before they get better.