Trustwave, the company responsible for ensuring Target’s PCI Data-Security Standard compliance, allegedly failed to detect obvious signs of weakness preceding the breach reported in December, according to a lawsuit filed by two banks.
The breach compromised the security of more than 100,000 customers and may cost the banking industry $18 billion. According to Finextra.com, Trustmark National Bank of New York and Green Bank of Houston filed the suit Chicago’s U.S. District Court.
Trustwave, according to the suit, is alleged “to have given Target a clean bill of health in September, two months ahead of the attack,” Finextra reported. The publication did not include a reaction comment from Trustwave.
Contractor security weakness also may have contributed.
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