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Electronic kiosks, ticket vending machines being hit by malware

It looks like point of sale machines (POS) will remain a popular target, with ticket kiosks and other terminals under attack

By Michael Hatamoto from Nov 27, 2014 @ 18:18 CST

News of malware attacks targeting point-of-sale (POS) systems became common place in 2014, and the problems are spreading away from retailer checkouts. The d4re|dev1 (daredevil) malware is able to compromise Harmony WinPOS, Figure Gemini POS, OSIPOS Retail Management System, and QuickBooks Point of Sale - able to launch keylogging features and can be used as an advanced backdoor.


Next-generation security measures are needed to help keep POS malware in check, and that doesn't seem to be happening soon enough.

"IntelCrawler believes that such kind of devices will become the new target for cybercriminals," the company said in a blog post. "These kiosks and ticket machines don't usually house large daily lots of money like ATMs, but many have insecure methods of remote administration allowing for infections payloads and the exfiltration of payment data in an ongoing and undetected scheme."


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