(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – On Friday Homeland Security issued an advisory, warning U.S. retailers of a malicious software that infects cash register systems, allowing hackers the ability to steal customers financial data.
“Seven PoS system providers/ vendors have confirmed that they have had multiple clients affected,” states a post from the government agency, noting that the software has infected over 1,000 businesses.
According to Homeland Security, the software, known as Backoff, exploits business administrator accounts remotely, allowing the attackers access to customers credit cards.
Retailers have been the target of many hacks recently, with one of the biggest data breaches occurring at retailer Target last year. The massive Target hack affected more than 70 million customers credit and debit card information.
Last week 51 UPS store’s computers were infected by malware, causing customers names, credit card, and email and home addresses compromised.
Backoff was first discovered last October, though antivirus programs didn’t detect it until earlier this month.