TV News LIES

Thursday, Apr 26th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) 'Off-the-shelf' malware used in Target data breach

'Off-the-shelf' malware used in Target data breach

E-mail Print PDF

target hackersHackers used cheap, off-the-shelf malware to breach security at U.S. Target stores and compromise data for more than 110 million customers, a tech website said.

Target confirmed last weekend malicious software was embedded in point-of-sale equipment at its checkout counters to collect secure data as credit cards were swiped during transactions. Brian Krebs, of the Krebs on Security website, reported Thursday the malware has been determined to be BlackPOS -- also known as "reedum" -- which uses a memory-scraping technique to collect secure data, temporarily stored in Windows OS computers during a transaction.

BlackPOS likely comes from Russia, and can be bought for about $1,800, Forbes reported.

Data on cards' magnetic stripes are encrypted when sent from POS terminals to financial institutions for verification but the memory-scraping malware snags the information while it is temporarily "parked" as plain text in POS terminals.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Police Expected to Announce Arrest of Suspected Golden State Killer Blamed for 12 Murders and 45 Rapes

Golden Gate KillerAuthorities in California plan to make a “major announcement” in the case of an elusive serial...

Former Miss America Deidre Downs Gunn marries same-sex partner in Alabama wedding

Former Miss America weds A former Miss America pageant winner has married her same-sex partner in a Southern-style ceremony in...

Report: Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Policies Protect Child Abusers

A Jehovahs witnesses protect child abuserssecond was all it took. A second was all he needed. The little girl was 4,...

Pruitt Met With Lobbyist Linked To His Bargain Condo To Discuss EPA Activity

Scott Pruitt met with lobbyistDespite initial denials to the contrary, a lobbyist linked to a bargain Washington, D.C., condo where...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!