MINNEAPOLIS -- While 110 million Target customers continue to ask how did this happen, at least one I.T. expert isn't so surprised.
"I would say this is a sterling example of what's possible," McGladrey I.T. expert Jake DeWoskin said Friday.
In modern times hacks like this are modern organized crime Dewoskin says.
Codes can be written exclusively to steal.
"It's not difficult to find people who are willing to provide it or create it for you for generally some monetary gain on the internet," DeWoskin said.
In a report issued this week the online security firm I-Sight, working with the federal government on the Target data breach investigation called this hack technically sophisticated, remarkable and new to e-crime.
The code under question was found to be partially written in Russian so investigators named it KAPTOXA.
But code in Russian doesn't necessarily mean the hack came from there.
"The operating systems are already capable of functioning in different languages and even if there is software written in a different language as long as it follows certain standards the operating system will understand it," DeWoskin said.
A variation of the code now in question was actually for sale online last year for around a thousand dollars.
Once the malware is launched it is very crafty.
"Once it's on a subset of systems whether its work stations or servers or point of sale systems it actually will discover what else is out there," DeWoskin said.
Simply stated smart malware can spread like the modern day flu virus; changing and clearing hurdles and making ever so slight modifications to get at what its programmer sent it out to do.
"The creators provide methods that the malware can actually make certain decisions on its own about the path of least resistance to accomplish its goal," DeWoskin said.