New York – The retail industry may be facing a major threat by hackers targeting sensitive consumer data held by numerous chains. According to Bloomberg, a report from security company iSight Partners says multiple groups of hackers have been targeting retailers since June 2013 using a piece of software known as Kaptoxa.
Kaptoxa, which is available on underground hacker websites, has been identified by a separate anonymous report as the software used in the recent Target attack. Target would not comment on whether Kaptoxa was used. The Wall Street Journal reports that some of the code used to penetrate Target’s security system was written in Russian.