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POS Malware Tool ‘Treasurehunt’ Targets Small US-Based Banks, Retailers

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Mar
2016
POS Malware Tool ‘Treasurehunt’ Targets Small US-Based Banks, Retailers

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As more US companies snuff out point of sale malware by deploying chip-and-PIN bankcard technology, attackers are rushing to exploit existing magnetic strip card systems still vulnerable to malware. A group of hackers that go by the name Bears Inc. are behind the latest barrage of attacks with a custom-built point of sale malware called Treasurehunt, according to research from FireEye.

What makes Treasurehunt malware unique is that it’s exclusively being used by Bears Inc. hackers and does not fit the typical pattern of malware that is often widely available on black markets. That allows Treasurehunt to fly under a lot of security admin radars, researchers claim.

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