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Published January 17, 2014, 10:14 PM

Massive data breach affects millions

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new report suggests the security breach that hit Target, is part of a large and highly advanced scam that has hit multiple retailers. But what steps can businesses take to keep their information secure in the first place?

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A new report suggests the security breach that hit Target, is part of a large and highly advanced scam that has hit multiple retailers.

But what steps can businesses take to keep their information secure in the first place?

A cyber crime firm says there are at least six other U.S. retailers with ongoing attacks from the same malware that hit Target around the holidays.

It's called BlackPOS Malware, and has been traced to Russia some blogs are saying the author is just 17 years old.

We talked to an IT manager at a local bank and he offered some tips for how businesses can keep their customers' information safe.

It's on everyone's mind.

Andrew Jason/Consumer: "I never spend with cash, although I should."

A massive data breach at Target affected an estimated 70 million customers proving businesses of any size can be targeted.

Jason: "People should pay more attention to security and your cards, if you really think about it how easy it is to get stolen."

Gary Inman/Bell State bank IT Manager: "Security, of course, is a number one concern for us, as a bank."

Financial Institutions might have some of the most stringent, often mandated, security measures.

Gary Inman, IT manager at Bell State Bank in Fargo, says they use what they call 'layering' to keep their customers' accounts secure.

Inman: "We employ firewalls, multi-layers of security; you might have a picture image that you have to identify or a certain phrase that you need to enter as well as your username and password."

All those steps might not be necessary for businesses like retailers but with each barrier, the security is heightened.

His best advice for businesses - find a way to walk that fine line between convenience and safety.

Inman: "Easy enough and convenient to get the data that the right person should have, while keeping out the bad guys."

Inman also says it's important to stay up-to-date because you can bet the hackers and identity thieves are constantly changing their approach.

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