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Forever 21 Breach Lasted Over Seven Months
Forever 21 Breach Lasted Over Seven Months

If you shopped in a brick-and-mortar Forever 21 store this year, your credit card information may have been compromised due to the company’s failure to turn on encryption in some of its point-of-sale (POS) terminals which resulted in a 7-month Forever 21 breach. Encryption was not turned on at some of the point of sale (POS) devices used in Forever 21 stores, exposing customers card data to info-stealing malware last year,...

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New MajikPOS Malware targets users across North America

Trend Micro has discovered a new PoS malware, tracked as MajikPOS, that is targeting business in North America and Canada. Security experts at Trend Micro have discovered a new PoS malware, tracked as MajikPOS, that is targeting business in North America. The experts explained that the MajikPOS has the same capabilities of any other PoS malware, but it features an interesting modular approach in execution. The first attacks powered with MajikPOS were observed at the end of...

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20 top US hotels hit by new malware attacks

A new group of US hotels has fallen victim to PoS malware that is believed to have exposed private customer financial data.

20 US hotels operated by HEI Hotel & Resorts on behalf of Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and Intercontinental may have leaked the financial information of its customers due to malicious malware installed at PoS terminals and systems, including at bars, restaurants, spas, and shops on site. HEI believes that customer data including names, payment card account numbers, card expiration dates, and verification codes may have been captured by the malware.

Hotel properties in cities including San Francisco, Chicago, Arlington, and Washington DC were included in the data breach. Malware was active at different stages depending on the property, but customer data was exposed between 2015 and 2016.

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“We take this matter and the security of personal information very seriously and we will continue to review and enhance our security measures to further secure our systems,” the firm said. “Please accept our sincere regret for any concern or frustration that this incident may cause.”

The breach follows similar attacks launched against Hyatt Hotels, Trump and Starwood Hotels & Resorts which we blogged about here.

Those who have stayed at these resorts will have to contact the hotel operator themselves if they believe their data is being used fraudulently due to the breach, as HEI says not enough information is stored to locate past customers.

Here are some key recommendations from our team of experts for ensuring your POS systems are secure and safe:

  • Keeping POS software up to date and performing vulnerability testing
  • Restrict internet access from POS systems and terminals
  • Monitor POS systems and all data activity
  • Use secure (and consistently updating) passwords and 2-factor authentication
  • End-to-end encryption for all POS data
  • Install firewalls and run anti-malware software
  • Don’t forget about physical security – train employees to be on the lookout for tampering attempts!

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