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Report: New POS malware feared


Washington, D.C. – At least two new strains of POS malware are reportedly threatening retailers. According to Bank Info Security, the FBI has released a warning about a new form of memory-scraping POS malware called Punkey.

Punkey can infect any Windows-based POS network and encrypts the data it steals, making detection difficult. Punkey may have been used in a recent breach at an unidentified U.S. restaurant chain.

In addition, security firm Trend Micro is warning of a new malware called MalumPOS that targets the Oracle Micros POS system. It is not known if any MalumPOS attacks have occurred yet, but Trend Micro reports the malware is currently live.

Furthermore, global restaurant/grocery chain Eataly has reported a data breach at its New York location that may have exposed transactions conducted from Jan. 16 through April 2, 2015. Card data may have been stolen while in transit from the POS to the processing network.
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