Department of Homeland Security Issues Malware Alert

The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recently issued a malware-POS alert, TA14-002A, entitled “Malware Targeting Point of Sale Systems.”

The alert comes less than one month after Target suffered a massive security breach at its point of sale systems over the holiday shopping period.

“For quite some time, cyber criminals have been targeting consumer data entered in POS systems,” the alert states. “In some circumstances, criminals attach a physical device to the POS system to collect card data … In other cases, cyber criminals deliver malware which acquires card data as it passes through a POS system, eventually exfiltrating the desired data back to the criminal.”

To thwart such attempts, the alert recommends the following best practices.

via Department of Homeland Security Issues Malware Alert | NACS Online – News & Media Center – News Archive.

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