Point of Sale data breaches are one of the biggest sources of stolen payment cards for cybercriminals. Attackers have honed their methods, paving the way for the mega-breaches of Target, Home Depot, Michaels and more which compromised approximately 100 million payment cards in the US in 2013-2014.
Last week we were alerted to a data breach at Oracle’s MICROS Point-of-Sale Division. MICROS is among the top three point-of-sale vendors worldwide. It is estimated that Oracle's MICROS’s systems are deployed at over 100,000 retail sites, 200,000+ food and beverage locations, and more than 30,000 hotels. According to Avivah Litan, a fraud analyst at Gartner Inc - she would say there’s a big chance that the hackers in this case found a way to get remote access to MICROS customers’ on-premises point-of-sale devices.
3 Questions about Oracle's Breach that you are too afraid to ask
- How long was Oracle’s MICROS customer support portal compromised? Days? Weeks? Months? Years?
- With over 230,000 locations compromised, how many customers were effected? Will we ever know?
- Did the hackers upload card-stealing malware to some customer point-of-sale systems and have they been discovered yet?
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