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Reuters reports that the hackers who managed to access personal and financial data of tens of millions of Target customers did so by "first breaching a 'data connection' between the U.S. retailer and its heating and ventilation systems contractor … The data connection was used by the vendor, Fazio Mechanical Services, to bill Target and exchange contract and project management information with the retailer,"

Fazio and Target are both cooperating with investigations being conducted by US Secret Service.
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