TJX Financial Data Thefts

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Case Summary

At various dates between July 2005 and January 2006, intruders used access to systems within the corporate network of TJX Companies, Inc., to obtain and exfiltrate 45.7 million payment card (i.e., credit or debit card) records. In March 2007, six suspects were arrested, with four more at large, all believed to be involved in the data theft and an elaborate scheme for using the stolen data to make an estimated $8 million in purchases of gift cards and electronics equipment.

(Summary from Technology, Policy, Law, and Ethics Regarding U.S. Acquisition and Use of Cyberattack Capabilities, National Academy of Science, 2009. pp355)

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