A new strain of PoS malware dubbed Pro PoS Solution is available for sale in the underground forums.
It’s Christmas also for criminals who have found a new gift under the Christmas tree, a new powerful strain of PoS malware.
According to the threat intelligence firm InfoArmor, the new PoS malware dubbed Pro PoS is available for sale in the underground forums and its authors are probably hackers from Eastern Europe.
The authors of the Pro PoS Solution designed their malware to infect the principal operating systems used by the companies in the retail industry, including newer operating systems.
According to the threat intelligence firm InfoArmor, crooks are already using the Pro PoS Solution to target PoS systems used by retailers and SMBs in the US and Canada.
Pro PoS weights just 76KB and implements rootkit features as well as mechanisms to avoid antivirus detection. The experts at InfoArmor explained that Pro PoS integrates a polymorphic engine that allows the threat to generate a different signature for each malware sample.
On November 27, experts at InfoArmor noticed a significant increase of the Pro PoS Solution price which was offered at $2,600 for a six-month licence.
The Pro PoS support TOR to hide its Command and Control (C&C) servers.
The criminal underground is looking with increasing interest to PoS malware, in the last weeks a number of new threats were detected in the wild such as Cherry Picker and ModPoS.
Last week experts at Said iSight Partners discovered ModPOS is new POS malware discovered in systems of US retailers after the rush of Thanksgiving, the researchers speculate it is the most complex POS malware ever seen.
Recently several hotel chains were targeted by criminal gangs, including Hilton, Starwood and Trump.
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.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.