In another instance of massive cyberattack, the businesses in the United States came to a halt after the hackers breached data of over 1,000 American companies including Target, Supervalu and United Postal Service (UPS).
According to the reports, the attack was more vulnerable this time as the companies that were under the hackers’ radar were completely unaware of the security threat.
The cyberattack led to the leak of several payment information as it completely affected in-store cash register systems at many businesses in the United States. According to an advisory issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), millions of American payment cards have been affected by the cyberattack. It had struck the in-store cash register systems of various stores and their data were stolen without the target companies being aware of the security breach, the statement said.
The Homeland Security department along with the National Cybersecurity, the Secret Service and Communications Integration Center and their co-partners in the security industry had earlier on July 31 asked the American businesses to revisit their in-store cash register systems and check for any malware package, especially ‘Backoff’, appeared in its code.
Following the advisory, seven US companies involved in selling and management of in-store cash register systems verified their processes and confirmed the government agencies that their clients were affected by the cyberattack.
The companies that came forward to report the cyberattack included Target, Supervalu and UPS.
According to the Secret Service, over 1,000 companies which were not checked by them confirmed they were affected. They agency further said that the hackers are very actively inspecting corporate systems while looking for any possible remote access opportunities.
Once they gain any such remote access, hackers will deploy their computers to figure out important user data including usernames and passwords, until they find out a working combination. These footprints will be misused by the hackers to crawl through a corporate network to gain access to the in-store cash register systems.
In such a scenario, the government agencies and the tech analysts have asked the businesses and corporate firms to upgrade their payments systems to protect consumers’ information from further breach.
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