Backoff PoS Malware Infections Soared In Q3

With the holiday shopping season approaching, Damballa’s Q3 2014 State of Infections Report reveals consumers or retailers are even more vulnerable to Backoff PoS (point-of-sale) malware, which increased 57 percent from August to September, and by 27 percent during the last month. The findings from the security firm indicate that the malicious program targeting the Read More

Kmart, Dairy Queen Hit by Latest Point-of-Sale Attack

A few hours ago, a spokesperson for the US retail chain Kmart confirmed that an unknown number of their locations across the United States have been subjected to a point-of-sale (POS) attack, similar to those that were seen with Target, Neiman Marcus, and Michael’s. The big box store claims they have successfully removed the malware Read More

Apple Pay May Make Swiping Simpler… But it Won’t Stop Hackers

This week, Apple announced their new campaign to replace everyone’s wallet with the new iPhone 6 with the reveal of Apple Pay, a credit and debit card virtual currency container that can be used anywhere that owns an NFC reader attached to a cashier. Since the reveal, financial analysts and security researchers have been feverishly Read More

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Possible Data Breach at Home Depot

There have been many data breaching incidents of late and Home Depot might be the latest victim. Many banks have reported that a batch of stolen debit and credit cards went on sale, and they could’ve been stolen from the retail giant. The Home Depot authorities said that they are collaborating with law enforcement agencies Read More

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70% of Retail Apps Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Says Study

According to research released by software analysis company CAST, 70 percent of retail applications are vulnerable to input validation attacks such as SQL injection and Heartbleed. Financial services were a close second with 69 percent vulnerability. These results are surprising because almost 80 percent of attacks on retail industries are related to input validation. With Read More

Chip-and-PIN Systems in the United States: Too Late, or Just in Time?

Target, Neiman Marcus, Sears, and Goodwill. Four retailers you’d never expect to be lumped together in the same category, each providing wares and services to wildly different members of the general population, and none of whom would have ever expected to have the credit card details of their customers covertly tracked, hacked, and stolen right Read More

‘Backoff’ Malware Newest Entry into POS Scam Market

Earlier this morning, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) announced the discovery of a new POS malware in conjunction with data gathered by Trustwave’s Spiderlabs. The “Backoff” variant, as they’ve christened it, is capable of launching many of the same attacks that we saw ravage Target’s credit card processing facilities last year, along Read More