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Backoff Malware Lurking Around In The Backgound

The US Dept Of Homeland Security has announced that more than a thousand businesses are unwittingly harboring the Backoff malware package on their networks. Initially, the malware was not found by most anitivirus packages and the DHS is now urging IT departments to make sure their networks are clean.
Backoff first appeared in October 2013 and is capable of scraping the memory contents of point of sales systems -- industry speak for cash registers and other terminals used at store checkouts -- for data swiped from credit cards, from monitoring the keyboard and logging keystrokes, from communicating with a remote server.
"Over the past year, the Secret Service has responded to network intrusions at numerous businesses throughout the United States that have been impacted by the "Backoff" malware," the alert said. "Seven PoS system providers/vendors have confirmed that they have had multiple clients affected."
The malware is thought to be responsible for the recent data breaches at Target, SuperValu supermarkets and UPS stores, and the Secret Service is still learning of new infections.
ComputerWorld


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