Target's Cybersecurity Breech Gets Political

Posted Friday December 27, 2013 5:00 PM GMT

Hackers may be to blame for Target’s massive security breech, but people aren’t letting the retail giant off the hook so easily. Namely, politicians.

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (D) spoke to a crowd of concerned customers on Thursday (December 26) outside of a Target store calling for accountability. His thoughts are that the federal government should hold the companies themselves responsible when financial records are stolen.

“If in fact you have a company, whether it be Target or any other, that is not making the investment in their security process to ensure that what happened to Target doesn’t happen, then you have to question why a company would not do that.”

Senator Kevin O’Toole (R) has issued a request to New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman to deepen the investigation and “join the class filed by five other states to help customers from New Jersey that might be impacted.”

“While I am sure the seriousness of this news is not lost upon you and there are reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting its own investigation, I ask that your office open an investigation into this matter to ensure that citizens of New Jersey are protected,” he wrote in a letter. “We cannot sit idly by as hard-working New Jerseyans face the prospect of having their accounts raided, identities stolen and credit ratings destroyed.”

Tim Baer, Target’s executive vice presidents and general counsel, held a call on Monday (December 23) with attorney generals from across the country to talk details of the breech. A follow-up call has been scheduled for January 6.

Stay tuned for further details on the matter.

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