Homeland Security Warns Retailers About Malicious Software

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a notice warning retailers about a new form of malware being used to attack retailers' computer systems.

This malicious software, called "Backoff", uses publicly available tools to locate businesses that use remote desktop applications such as: Microsoft's Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Chrome Remote Desktop, etc. Once these applications are located, the malware infiltrates the point-of-sale and accesses consumer payment data.

The Department of Homeland Security warns that such malware puts both the business and consumer at risk, exposing names, credit card numbers, email addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers.

Backoff is undetectable by most antivirus software. At the time of discovery and analysis, updated anti-virus engines could not identify the malware as malicious.

This news comes as retailers, including Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus Group, have fallen victim to data breaches in which customer data was compromised.

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