How many infected Point-of-Sale terminals are infected worldwide and how is evolving the cyber threat? Here you are the opinion of the expert.
Security experts at IntelCrawler threat intelligence firm are among the team of researchers more active against Point-of-Sale (PoS) malware. IntelCrawler The team conducted several investigations in the past and continuously monitor the evolution of the cyber threat. IntelCrawler also released a global map of Point-of-Sale infections by most popular PoS malicious codes, such as Alina, BlackPOS, Dexter, and JackPOS.
I decided to contact Andrew Komarow, CEO of cyber intelligence firm IntelCrawler, to ask him more about this insidious threat.
1) How many infected Point-of-Sale terminals have your identified this year?
IntelCrawler have identified more than 1260 unique infected Point-of-Sale terminal during the year. In some cases, the identified botnet networks had the same terminals, used by different bad actors worldwide, which means, that the insecurity of current retail sector and small business, having own offline merchants is a pretty significant problem. We continue cooperation with international LEA, CERTs and private sector to share the intelligence about potential data breaches, which were not revealed in public yet, to make the credit card holders safer around the world, using actionable threat intelligence from our side.
2) What geographical regions are the most interesting for the bad actors?
According to our current statistics the most affected regions are:
Europe (Central Part);
Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong).
All of these countries have very developed retail sector, that’s why the automation and computerization, there has serious presence there, also opening the doors for the bad actors to attack it. We have also faced with some targeted infections in particular regions, where the merchant has wide distribution, and the external bad actors exploit absolutely the same bugs in its configuration.
3) What types of offline merchants are the most affected to Point-of-Sale infections?
According to our statistics, the most affected types of merchants are:
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
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