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Posted On August 5, 2021
The retail world is facing an ever-increasing number of ransomware attacks and cyberattacks, which are taking an ever greater toll on businesses and individuals.
But the latest example is one that is not being discussed much.
In the past few weeks, more than 60 major U.S. department stores have reported being targeted by ransomware, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes.
More than 2,300 people have been infected with ransomware, including at least 10 victims in the Washington, D.C., area.
“We’ve had multiple ransomware infections,” said Dan Caspersen, chief executive officer of the cybersecurity firm.
“It’s a trend that we’ve seen before.
It’s just one that we’re seeing more and more frequently.”
The Washington Times is not naming the victims of the recent ransomware attacks because it’s not clear who the victims are.
But MalwareBytes’ Casperson said the majority of the victims in Washington are from the department stores of Target, Sears, Kohl’s, Walmart, Best Buy, CVS, Target and Walgreens.
In a statement, the department store chains said that most of the malware infections were “isolated incidents.”
The companies added that they’ve begun testing and remediation measures and that they are “working to provide our customers with additional tools to defend against the ransomware.”
Target, for example, has started sending alerts to customers about ransomware attacks.
Walmart said it will begin sending notifications to customers via email when their computers are infected.
The companies said they would also continue to send notifications to employees who are affected by the attacks.
The Washington Post reported on Friday that at least two employees of the Target Corp. and Kohl�s Corp. were infected with the ransomware.
It did not name the stores, but a Target spokesperson told the Post that employees were warned earlier this week about the malware and were not infected.
“The malware is not unique to Target and Kohls, but our team has been actively working to address the problem and we are aware of other high-profile incidents that have been reported in recent days,” Target spokesman Aaron Krommer told the newspaper.
Kohl’s has said that a cybersecurity expert warned that the company had been hit with ransomware attacks in the past, but that they were never confirmed by the company.
In an email to The Washington Post, the company said that the ransomware attacks were not related to the attacks at Target.
Kohl’s said that it has been aware of the attack at Target and Target and is working with federal authorities.
The New York Times reported on Monday that two Kohl-owned Target stores in the San Francisco Bay Area were also infected with a ransomware attack, and the company has not identified who is behind it.
The Post reported that at a Target store in Chicago, two employees were infected and that the department was forced to close the store for two weeks due to the threat.
The attacks have been going on for more than a week.
On Thursday, the Washington Post quoted one of the infected employees saying that he did not believe that anyone from Target knew about the ransomware attack until after he left for work.
“I did not think anything was happening until I came home and saw my bank statements and saw a few things that were suspicious,” he told the paper.
“I was like, ‘Wow, it’s really going on in here.’
It was so bad.
The locks were locked down, there was no mail delivery, the computers were frozen and I was locked out for two and a half weeks.”
Another infected employee said that he was told that the attack was going to start Friday at a Kohl store in Milwaukee.
The Kohl company has told customers that it was only a matter of time before the attacks start.
Kollective, a department store chain in the Dallas area, reported that one of its employees was infected.
An employee said in a statement that “our team is working diligently to take necessary measures to protect against the malicious cyberattack.”
Kollectionive said in an email that it is working to identify the attackers and help prevent the outbreak from spreading.
The company said it is “working with law enforcement, local and federal agencies, to investigate the incident.”
In a message to The Post, a Kohls spokesperson said the company is “aware of the ransomware and is taking the appropriate actions.”
Walmart, a major U:S.
retailer, said that its security team was working with the U.K. and the FBI on Friday to help prevent further attacks and that it had no information about any of the attacks that had been reported.
A spokesperson for Target told The Post that the retailer had not been aware that the attacks had occurred.
Walmart also said in its statement that it will continue to provide the latest information on the threat and help businesses protect themselves.