Point of Sale Attacks

UPDATE – America’s largest book retailer, Barnes & Noble, announced this morning it has detected evidence of tampering in 63 PIN-pad devices used in as many stores by criminals trying to steal payment card information. Barnes & Noble claims to have disconnected all the affected devices from service on Sept. 14. The retailer did not disclose how many customers may have been affected by the tampered devices.

Regardless of the market or industry, the majority of attacks are financially motivated. Even in data-rich environments such as health care, attackers are still after profits and exploit the same weaknesses and transaction processing systems that are vulnerable in other industries such as hotels and accommodations, food services and financial services. Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) broke out data breach characteristics by those industries, and came to a stunningly simple conclusion: Attackers will seek out the easiest way in, take what they need and get out quickly.

HEI Hospitality, owner and operator of upscale hotels operating under
the Marriott, Sheraton, Westin and other monikers, has sent letters
informing some 3,400 customers that their credit card data may have been
compromised. Read the full article. [IDG News Service]

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