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Backoff Malware Spread that Invades POS systems and sends the credit card data to cyber-criminals

Malware that captured millions of credit card numbers from Target and infected hundreds of other companies could have been thwarted just by using good security practices.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert to businesses throughout the United States about a malware infection that invades point-of-sale (POS) systems and sends the credit card information of people to cyber-criminals.

The malware, which is being called Backoff  by security researchers, operates by gaining access to POS systems through an administrator account, according to DHS. 

Backoff is closely related to the malware that infected Target in 2013, according to Jerome Segura, senior security researcher at . The Malwarebytes security software was already detecting Backoff before the DHS alert and identifying it as a Trojan, Segura said. 

He credited DHS with providing the security industry with the signatures of the various iterations of the malware so that antivirus software could identify and blog the malware.

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