Skip to main content

Top Target executive to take the hot seat on Capitol Hill


When did Target know about the massive holiday data breach, and when did the Minneapolis-based retailer report it?

That's certain to be one of the key questions that a top Target executive will face on Tuesday when he appears to face congressional questions for the first time. The Star Tribune reports John Mulligan, Target's chief financial officer will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Both Minnesota senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar sit on the committee. A top executive from Neiman Marcus, which was also hacked over the holidays, is also expected to be called to testify.

On Wednesday, Mulligan will appear before before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The breach is being investigated by the Secret Service, the Department of Justice and a forensics team. State attorneys general have joined to conduct their own probe of the theft. WCCO notes that the hearings began Monday, when lawmakers in a Senate banking subcommittee quizzed the Secret Service about when Target told the federal agency about the breach. The Secret Service has not yet arrested hackers accused in any of the incidents.

The hearing focused on whether retailers who experienced the breach delayed informing law enforcement and the public about the security lapse. One of the laws under consideration would require immediate reporting by companies to both consumers and law enforcement.

There were also questions about what kind of tougher laws could be enacted to protect consumers, and who exactly is at fault for the lax security.

The Associated Press reported that lawmakers may try to get to the bottom of what is currently a blame game. Bankers blame retailers for inadequate card security; retailers suggest that banks must upgrade the security technology for the credit and debit cards they issue.

Next Up

masks, schools

State reveals which MN schools have had the most COVID-19 cases

The data is recorded in two-week increments and is displayed within specific ranges.

Pixabay - water surface

Body of man pulled from pond in Le Sueur County

He's been identified as a resident of a nearby assisted-living facility.

Pixabay - firefighter helmet

Victims of house explosion ID'd as husband and wife

One was killed and the other severely injured in the Wednesday morning explosion.

Police chief Arradondo - 2021.10.27

Mpls. council president files ethics complaint against Arradondo, Frey

At the heart of the complaint is the chief's news conference about Ballot Question 2.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 12.20.52 PM

COVID-19 case rate drops in 75 of 87 Minnesota counties

Transmission levels are still high throughout Minnesota.


Man, 62, dies after his truck leaves road, hits tree

The Wisconsin man died after being airlifted to Regions Hospital.

pexels - beer buy fridge store liquor

Municipal liquor stores in 24 MN cities could be in jeopardy

These sites reported losses in two of the last three years, triggering a mandatory hearing.

Mats Zuccarello

2 Minnesota Wild players test positive for COVID-19

Both players will be unavailable Thursday night when the Wild face the expansion Kraken.

Target deals weekly ad - 10.31.2021

Target reveals first Black Friday deals, available next week

There are some steep discounts to be had, even though Black Friday is nearly a month away.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 10.10.36 AM

'Dancing with the Stars: Live!' coming to Minnesota in February

The show's professional dancers will be at Mystic Lake.

Train derailment Fairmont screengrab

WATCH: Video shows terrifying moment train derails in Fairmont

A large chunk of the track appears to come off just before the derailment.