The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned retailers that there will likely be more cyber attacks this year. This comes after about 20 hacking incidents were discovered in the past year involving malware similar to that used in the massive Target holiday data breach. The FBI sent a report dated Jan. 17 to retailers describing risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, Reuters reported, citing the document “Recent Cyber Intrusion Events Directed Toward Retail Firms.” The FBI report, seen by Reuters, stated:
We believe POS malware crime will continue to grow over the near term, despite law enforcement and security firms’ actions to mitigate it. The accessibility of the malware on underground forums, the affordability of the software and the huge potential profits to be made from retail POS systems in the United States make this type of financially motivated cyber crime attractive to a wide range of actors.
According to the FBI report, one version of the POS malware, known as Alina, included an option that allowed remote upgrades. At least one type of this malware has been offered for sale for as much as $6,000 in a “well-known underground forum,” according to the FBI report. The reality is that a very serious problem most likely will get much worse this year.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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