The Target data breach could have been a story pulled from a heist movie, with the thief coming in through the airducts.
Reports indicate the multi-billion dollar hack took place after the network credentials of a heating and air conditioning subcontractor paid to remotely monitor the temperature at Target stores was exploited. This is a plausible explanation — and is worrisome even if proved wrong.
The breach was one of the largest U.S. cybercrimes to date. And it should be a wake-up call for consumers, businesses, and government leaders alike — when everything is connected, everything is vulnerable.