Target Hackers are a new breed of hackers who have infiltrated the Target credit card system like no one else has hacked a system before. The Target hackers are marketing the hacked numbers online and what makes this batch of 40 million hacked credit cards different is that it comes with a zip code. The zip code of the Target store where the card was used is included with the sale of the card, according to Computer World on Dec. 23.
These hackers are selling zip-code specific cards. Usually the cards are sold on the black market and quite often bought by criminals overseas. This time the criminals buying these cards either live in the same zip code as where the card was used or in a nearby zip code. This by-passes a red flag for the person using the hacked credit card information.
Because the people buying the Target hacked information are getting card numbers that were used in a Target near their homes, it by-passes one of the security steps that the credit card companies put in place. When a credit card company sees a flurry of activity in a zip code that’s not associated with the credit card, a red flag goes up and the customer is quite often asked to verify the purchases. Now that the hackers have become zip code specific, this security barrier has crumbled.
Having the zip code and shopping within the area of the zip code, these criminals can use these cards for longer periods of time before getting caught because the zip code doesn’t raises a red flag.
Along with the card numbers, the hackers selling the card supply the expiration date of the card and the CVV security code from the back of the card. The hackers also supply the city, state and zip code of the Target that the card was used in.
The location of where the credit card was used is paramount to the criminals buying these cards. It gives them the extra security that the card they are using won’t be flagged because it is being used on a different side of the country from where the credit card holder lives.
These card numbers were stolen out of Targets main computers that process the credit card payments for all the Target stores nationwide. These are the computers from where the hackers got the information for the 40 million credit cards used between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 at Target stores nationwide. This has been and continues to be a nightmare for the card holders that were compromised.