In a Gizmodo article about the Target debacle they claim that an HVAC contractor caused the whole damned thing! Now, help me out here, but I don’t really see how such a thing could possibly happen based on the theory of separation.
- It’s not like Target has one superserver that controls all the HVAC systems for all of their stores in their datacenter. That is kept unique to each store AND they have different contractors in different states and areas. I know in Texas they have several for the stores they themselves own and rely on landlords for properties where they lease the space for their stores.
- Their financial servers are located at their datacenter in Chicago, if I am not mistaken, and only people who work in the accounting, financial and payroll departments have access to their own servers. For those of you who work in the corporate world, you know the many layers of separation that keep Johnny the back door supervisor out of the corporate servers. In other words, the girl working payroll in a Target in Duluth, GA is not going to have access to the real work datacenter servers in Chicago.
I’ve read the article and the links within and I’m sorry, it’s not washing. I can’t see a way to make it wash. You guys get this to gibe? Let me know because it’s like 3 AM and my sleep deprived brain and kitten are not letting me see how this works