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Target to hire 1,000 IT workers, half of them in the Twin Cities

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After several months of layoffs, Target has some better news for the Twin Cities jobs market.

The Minneapolis-based retailer confirmed to BringMeTheNews that it will be taking on 500 software engineers and other workers in its IT department in its the Twin Cities, and a further 500 will be hired in India.

MPR reports the new positions opened up because Target is cutting back on the work it outsources to third-party companies, bringing more of its operations back in-house.

It comes after a period of restructuring for the company that has seen it lay off more than 2,000 workers in Minnesota since the start of the year, of whom 1,700 were let go on a single day in March.

Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara said the number of outside vendors that Target uses is "unhealthy," telling the Wall Street Journal about one-third of his team is made up of third parties.

The company just earlier this month announced it would be shedding another 275 jobs in its "tech" department, 235 of them in the Twin Cities.

Target says this will still go ahead despite the new hiring program in IT, as those layoffs fell mainly in areas such as business analysis and project management.

Target hackers had access to 'every cash register'

A new report revealed more details behind the data breach that saw the card details of tens of millions of customers compromised in 2013 – an event that led to much of the recent restructuring.

A confidential report conducted by Target in the wake of the hack was obtained by blogger Brian Krebs, who first broke the story of the data breach.

Investigating the breach, security experts hired by the retailer found that once the perpetrators hacked their way into Target's network, they had free rein to do as they pleased, Krebs writes of the report. This included gaining "direct and complete access" to every cash register in every Target store.

It also confirmed what had previously been reported: that hackers gained access to Target's network via Fazio Mechanical, a heating and air conditioning firm that was one of Target's vendors, and which had been previously hacked with malware, the International Business Times notes.

In a statement given to KSTP, Target said it is confident it has accomplished its desired improvements in cyber security and that it has "emerged from this experience a better company."

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