Posts Tagged With: Soviet Union

Target data hack only the beginning of massive, sophisticated attack…..


The Target data breach may be just the tip of the iceberg in what seems to be a massive sophisticated attack on U.S. retailers that may have possibly originated in Russia, according to newly discovered evidence. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal and private investigators who are looking into the matter have discovered that parts of the malware used to hit Target has been available on the black market since last spring, and was written in Russian, leading them to believe the attack may have ties to organized crime in the former Soviet Union.

The investigators have also revealed that any known antivirus software couldn’t detect the malware used, with hackers having also added in features that covered the fact that they were actually copying data from the credit and debit cards swiped in point-of-sale (POS) machines. Interestingly, the malware was programmed to steal data during prime business hours (i.e from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time) and store it on an internalTarget server that was also controlled by the hackers.

“What’s really unique about this one is it’s the first time we’ve seen the attack method at this scale,” iSight Partners senior vice president Tiffany Jones said. “It conceals all the data transfers. It makes it really hard to detect in the first place.”

Some of these newly revealed details confirm what a recent Krebs on Security report said, although we’re now getting a better idea of the scope of the Target attack. Neither Krebs on Security, nor the investigators cited by the Journal have revealed how the malware was actually injected into Target’s POS machines.

iSight on Thursday issued its own report on the KAPTOXA (name of program written in Russian) POS malicious software it discovered, acknowledging the fact that it’s investigating the matter with the U.S. Secret Service. The security company warns retailers that the malware “has potentially infected a large number of retail information systems,” and they should contact the Secret Service and the company in case they believe they were infected. The security firm also advises consumers to keep an eye for fraudulent bank transactions and to avoid opening any emails or links that may have been sent by their banks or financial institutions, and instead contact those institutions via telephone or website.

Finally, Reuters on Friday exclusively reported that six ongoing attacks similar to the one suffered by Target have discovered by security firm IntelCrawler, although actual names of the companies involved were not revealed at the time this article was written.

Advertisements
Categories: Identity Theft Protection, Strange News, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

hocuspocus13

Magickal Arts

sharia unveiled

illuminating minds

mayanexplore.com

Riviera Maya Travel Guide

That's How He Rolls

A 100% grassroots effort to fund a wheelchair van for Jaime

Cajun Food, Louisiana History, and a Little Lagniappe

Preservation of traditional River Road cuisine, Louisiana history & architecture, and the communities between Baton Rouge & NOLA

Jali Wanders

Wondering and Wandering

politicalconnection

Connecting the world to Truth, so that Justice can be served

Tourism Oxford. Click "New Blog Home" in menu for our new website

Visit our blog at its new home http://www.tourismoxford.ca/blog

Southpaw Tracks

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” ~Samuel Adams

Pacific Paratrooper

This WordPress.com site is Pacific War era information

Biblical Archaeology

The history and archaeology of the Bible

what's the formula?

Nurturing awesomeness: from the parents of celebrities, heroes, trailblazers and leaders

Digging History

Metal Detecting, History, Birds, Animals, Fylde Coast, River Ribble and more....

River's Flow

Combat Vets for Combat Vets www.riversflow.net

My Encore Life In Focus

Life is a bowl of photos

Tarheel Red

A Voice of Conservatism Living in Carolina Blue

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

%d bloggers like this: