Call it Son of Target, but the malware that took down Target and turned it into the biggest data breach in history (so far) didn't stop at the big box. Investigators now say the same malware was used to attack the point of sale systems at more than 1,000 other businesses.
Fingers of blame are quickly settling on a small group of half a dozen vendors of retail POS systems who apparently haven't been doing a very good job at protecting their systems. Poor passwords and sloppy admins take the most blame, as they do with many if not most hacks.
Speaking of hacks, here's a perfect example of the kind of brick-headed thinking that leaves so many businesses exposed. When Community Health Systems, a massive healthcare company based in Franklin Tennessee, announced that Chinese hackers had managed to break into the hospital's networks and steal the personal information, including Social Security Numbers, of more than 4.5 million patients, the hospital put out a statement that included the comment "we have no reason to believe that this data would ever be used."