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US warns shops to watch for customer data hacking

Published on Aug 23, 2014 11:21 AM
 
The US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned businesses to watch for hackers targeting customer data with malicious computer code like that used against retail giant Target. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - The US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned businesses to watch for hackers targeting customer data with malicious computer code like that used against retail giant Target.

A hacker software weapon dubbed Backoff is "compromising a significant number" of businesses large and small, according to an advisory put out by the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

CERT urged those administering point-of-sale systems to check whether Backoff is mining information from transactions and to report any cases to the Secret Service.

"The impact of a compromised PoS system can affect both the businesses and consumer by exposing customer data such as names, mailing addresses, credit/debit card numbers, phone numbers and e-mail addresses to criminal elements," CERT said in an advisory.

 
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