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Point of Sale Terminal

US CERT Warns About Point-of-Sale Malware

With news of the breach of big-box retailer Target Inc. still in the headlines, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) issued a warning about the danger posed by malicious software targeting Point of Sale (POS) systems. CERT issued an advisory (TA14-002A) on Thursday asking POS owners to take steps to secure the devices, and telling consumers to beware. ┬áThe warning comes after a string of reports that suggest that malware attacking point of sale systems is on the rise. In December, researchers from Arbor Networks said they had detected an “active PoS compromise campaign” to steal credit and debit card data that used the Dexter and Project Hook malware. Dexter is a Windows-based program that was first discovered in December, 2012 by Seculert, an Israeli security firm. It is still not known whether malware played a part in the huge theft of credit card data from Target Inc. That […]