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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

Updated Police suspect that high-tech thieves may have hacked into a Detroit petrol station before stealing about 600 US gallons (+-2,300 litres) of fuel. Fox News affiliate WJBK reported that the clerk was unable to shut off a pump that dispensed free fuel for 90 minutes. Ten vehicles took advantage of the security hole to fuel up …
John Leyden, 9 Jul 2018
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Hacks Fifth Avenue: Crooks slurp bank cards from luxury chain Saks

Updated Luxury store chain Saks Fifth Avenue has confirmed it was the victim of a massive cyber-attack that could compromise millions of shoppers. The Fin7 hacking group bragged it compromised Saks' computer systems, and lifted about five million payment cards from those who made purchase at the upscale clothing store's brick-and- …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Apr 2018
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Oracle point-of-sale system vulnerabilities get Big Red cross

A vulnerability has been unearthed in Oracle MICROS point-of-sale (POS) terminals that allowed hackers to read sensitive data from devices. The flaw (CVE-2018-2636) was fixed in Oracle's January 2018 patch batch, allowing business app security firm ERPScan to go public with its findings. Left unresolved, the bug would enable …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2018
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Lloyds Bank payments glitch frustrates merchants

Lloyds Bank has admitted that unspecified technical problems affected the operation of its Cardnet payment system on Tuesday. The UK bank denied suggestions that it had suffered a cyber attack. The Register learnt of a potential issue after a reader got in touch to say that many chip-and-PIN terminals were not working for …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2017

US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least

Hacking attacks against sales terminals have risen by nearly a third last year, and the US is still leading the way in being insecure. Incidents affecting sales tills and payment systems increased to 31 per cent in 2016, according to research by security firm Trustwave, while incidents affecting e-commerce environments fell to …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2017
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Chipotle may have banished E coli, but now it has a new infection

The last quarter has been a trying one for Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle. People are returning to its restaurants after the great 2015 E coli outbreak, but now customers are being struck by a different kind of virus. The taco takeaway admitted that it had become the latest victim of what sounds like classic cash register …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2017
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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

Improved technologies in the banking sector have failed to stem the rising tide of fraud in the US, according to a study by analytic software firm FICO. The US's belated move to EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip-equipped cards hasn't curtailed fraud as much as many had hoped, based on the successful rollout of the …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2017
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Online shops plundered by bank card-stealing malware after bungling backend Aptos hacked

Shoppers of 40 online stores have had their bank card numbers and addresses slurped by a malware infection at backend provider Aptos. The security breach occurred late last year when a crook was able to inject spyware into machines Aptos used to host its retail services for online shops. This software nasty was able to access …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Mar 2017
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Went out boozing in SF during Dreamforce or Oracle OpenWorld? Malware may have slurped your bank card

A posh US hotel chain says a trio of its popular San Francisco night spots were infected with bank-card-stealing malware from August to December of 2016. So if you were in town for a conference during that time, and had your card swiped through an infected sales terminal, be on the look out for dodgy transactions. …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Feb 2017
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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

A salesman sold cash register software that allowed business bosses to cheat on their taxes. John Yin, 66, appeared before the US district court in Seattle to plead guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud Uncle Sam. He faces up to 25 years behind bars and must cough up $3,445,589 to the authorities. Yin, of Everett, …
Iain Thomson, 5 Dec 2016
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Smash and grab PoS pwners ready with pre-Xmas malware update

A smash and grab malware gang has updated its FastPoS point of sales hack app to plunder credit cards more efficiently ahead of the festive season. The FastPoS author is known for issuing an annual update to the malware which throws stealth to the wind in favour of quick and noisy raiding. The technique marks FastPoS as …
Darren Pauli, 7 Oct 2016
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Hackers claim they breached Aussie point-of-sale tech firm, try to sell 'customer DB'

Exclusive Hackers are claiming to have hacked Australian point-of-sale technology (PoS) company H&L Australia, and have been claiming to potential buyers that they had lifted its customer database. They were already offering it for sale for AU$22,000 ($16,580, £12,723) more than two months ago. If indeed they have hacked into H&L, …
Darren Pauli, 20 Sep 2016
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Lightspeed PoS vendor breached, sensitive database tapped

Point of sales vendor Lightspeed has been breached with password, customer data, and API keys possibly exposed. Lightspeed has notified customers in an email saying that the information was contained in a compromised database but was not confirmed to be stolen. It boasts more than 38,000 customers transacting $12bn annually …
Darren Pauli, 2 Sep 2016
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Did you stay at any of these 60 Kimpton hotels? Whelp, hackers have your card details

Hotel chain Kimpton said that 61 of its hotels and restaurants have been compromised by a malware infection targeting customer payment cards. The hospitality giant said that the infection was on the servers that had been storing and processing credit card information for the hotels and restaurants. "Findings from the …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Sep 2016

Russia MP's son found guilty after stealing 2.9 million US credit cards

The son of a Russian member of parliament has been found guilty of stealing and selling millions of US credit card numbers using point of sales malware. Roman Seleznev, 32, is the son of ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party MP Valery Seleznev. He was arrested in 2014 while attempting to board a plane in the Maldives, …
Darren Pauli, 29 Aug 2016
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POS malware stings 20 US hotels

Another 20 US hotels have been identified as being infected with point-of-sale malware earlier this year. The dozen affected hotels are run by HEI Hotels & Resorts and bear the Starwood, Westin, Marriott International, Hyatt and InterContinental brands. The chain says the malware campaign ran as far back as March 2015, with …

1 in 20 Wendy's burger joints hacked? No, make that 1 in 3 – 1,025 in total

Wendy's has 'fessed up that the malware infection in its cash registers, first thought to have impacted 300 restaurants, hit more like 1,000 outlets, and says an unnamed service provider let the attackers into its systems. The American fast-food chain has owned up that the number of its stores in the US with bank-card snooping …
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While you filled your face at Noodles and Co, malware was slurping your bank cards

American fast-food chain Noodles and Company says malware got into its sales registers, allowing it to slurp customers' payment card numbers. The biz admitted today that hundreds of restaurants in 28 US states were infected with card-stealing software nasties that harvested customer card names, numbers, expiration dates, and …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2016

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