Articles about point of sale

SAP point-of-sale systems were totally hackable with $25 kit

Point-of-Sale systems from SAP had a vulnerability that allowed them to be hacked using a $25 Raspberry Pi or similar device, according to research unveiled at the Hack in the Box conference in Singapore last week. Critical vulnerabilities in SAP's POS – since resolved – created a means for hackers not only to steal customers …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2017
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If you've stayed at a Holiday Inn you may have lost more than a good night's sleep (like maybe your bank card)

In February, Intercontinental Hotels Group alerted customers that some of its US locations had been infected with credit-card-stealing malware. Now it has admitted the cyber-outbreak is much worse than first thought. IHG, which owns brands like Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza, has warned that around 1,200 of its hotels across the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Apr 2017
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Is that a graphics driver on your shop's register – or a RAM-slurping bank card thief?

Crooks are infecting sales registers running Oracle-owned MICROS software with malware tailor-fitted to steal bank card information from the machines. MalumPoS scrapes sensitive data from the RAM inside the tills, which are used in places from shops and restaurants to hotels and bars. The software nasty can be easily modified …
John Leyden, 9 Jun 2015

Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

RSA 2015 Fraud fighters David Byrne and Charles Henderson say one of the world's largest Point of Sale (PoS) systems vendors has been slapping the same default passwords – 166816 – on its kit since 1990. Worse still: about 90 per cent of customers are still using the password. The enraged pair badged the PoS vendor by its other acronym …
Darren Pauli, 23 Apr 2015
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Bank-card-sniffing shop menace Punkey pinned down in US Secret Service investigation

Security researchers have identified a new strain of point-of-sale (POS) malware during an investigation led by the US Secret Service. Stolen payment card information and the IP addresses of more than 75 infected sales tills were found by security researchers at Trustwave during the probe. It's unclear how many victims the so- …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2015

You can play Flappy Bird on a POINT OF SALE TERMINAL

Mobile Point of Sale (MPOS) devices can be easily hacked and leave banks and retailers wide open to fraud, warn infosec researchers. Security researchers from MWR InfoSecurity, the same security firm that researched serious vulnerabilities in chip-and-PIN devices back in 2012, demonstrated at last week's SyScan security …
John Leyden, 8 Apr 2014
First Data's Claover an Android based point of sale terminal

First Data hoiks out custom Android point-of-sale fondleslab

Around half US online transaction revenue goes through payments firm First Data’s systems. They have such a large volume of transaction information they are used as an economic barometer by the US government. In Europe they have 660,000 point-of-sale terminals, and nearly ten times that across the world. $58bn went through …
Simon Rockman, 18 Feb 2014

Target hackers: Woohoo, we're rich! Um. Guys? Anyone know how to break bank encryption?

Underground cybercriminals are attempting to decrypt a 50GB dump of encrypted debit card PINs that security watchers reckon were lifted during last year's high profile breach against retail giant Target. Security intelligence firm IntelCrawler reports that a miscreant claiming to be in possession of 50GB of PIN data secured …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2014
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Evil Dexter lurks in card reader, ready to SLASH UP your credit score

Cybercrooks have created an improved version of the Dexter point-of-sale malware that's being blamed for slurping the credit and debit card details of holiday shoppers. A new version of Dexter, first discovered by security researchers Seculert about a year ago, has been planted on 31 infected point-of-sale terminals, located …
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2013
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Bank card-slurp nasty 'infects tills, ATMs', corrupt staff fingered

Audacious crooks have infected hundreds of shopping tills and cash machines with malware to swipe sensitive debit and credit card data, we're told. Researchers at Russian security firm Group-IB said the software nasty is called Dump Memory Grabber, which targets computers running Microsoft Windows. It can swipe information …
John Leyden, 4 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Dexter malware targets point of sale systems worldwide

You could be getting more than you bargained for when you swipe your credit card this holiday shopping season, thanks to new malware that can skim credit card info from compromised point-of-sale (POS) systems. First spotted by security firm Seculert, the malware dubbed "Dexter" is believed to have infected hundreds of POS …
Neil McAllister, 14 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Visa's chip-and-PIN exemption rules given cautious welcome

Visa has relaxed its regulatory rules so that European high street merchants who capture at least three-quarters of their take through EMV-enabled chip-and-PIN terminals will no longer have to pass Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) audits every year. The programme, which will help high street shops to reduce …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2011
The Register breaking news

Ofcom asks ISPs nicely to stop mis-selling broadband on speed

Ofcom has today published a new voluntary code of practice aimed at rebuilding consumer trust in the ISP industry damaged by misleading speed claims. The code doesn't cover marketing, so don't necessarily expect an end to the "UNLIMITED* SUPERFAST** 8MEG*** BROADBAND!!!" adverts that leave so many feeling cheated. Instead, 32 …

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