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Windows 7: Credit card fraud comes of age with advances in point-of-sale botnets

05 Dec 2013   #1
A Guy

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Credit card fraud comes of age with advances in point-of-sale botnets

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Underscoring the growing sophistication of Internet crime, researchers have documented one of the first known botnets to target point-of-sale (PoS) terminals used by stores and restaurants to process customers' credit and debit card payments.

The botnet remained active at the time of writing and had compromised more than 20,000 payment cards since August, researchers from IntelCrawler, a Los Angeles-based security intelligence provider, told Ars. The researchers arrived at the findings after infiltrating one of the control servers used to send commands to infected machines and receive pilfered data from them. A recently captured screenshot (above) showed that it was controlling 31 machines that the researchers said belonged to US-based restaurants and retailers. Some of the infected machines are servers, so the number of affected PoS devices could be much higher. The researchers have reported their findings to law enforcement agencies that they declined to identify by name.
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06 Dec 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

And people still think their credit cards are safe to use.
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06 Dec 2013   #3
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

...and people belittle ME for using CASH?

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06 Dec 2013   #4
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I use Shop Safe with my BOFA visa card. I can specify total allowed and the expiration date. Works
especially for those software vendors that try to automatically renew your software license without asking
you whether you want to.

Rich
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11 Dec 2013   #5
andrew129260

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Credit cards are (mostly) safe to use, you can easily refuse a transaction with online banking and deny a purchase.

Again though, nothing is 100% secure, as security does not exist.
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11 Dec 2013   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

To me what someone might buy using your credit card and information is only one problem.
With someones credit card number and information a bad guy can start a completely new line of credit some where and buy a bunch of stuff and you won't know until you get the bill in the mail.
With time and money you can prove these purchases were a fraud. It will take years in some cases to get your credit rating back to where it should be.
Their are companies that will help you through all this for a price.
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11 Dec 2013   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7 H-Prem-x64 Linux-M-Mate-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Credit cards are (mostly) safe to use, you can easily refuse a transaction with online banking and deny a purchase.

Again though, nothing is 100% secure, as security does not exist.
Very true,
Debit cards are a much more difficult thing to sort out if things get messy,
Money is gone
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