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Community news and analysis: August 2014

Posted on September 9, 2014 - 16:56 by ccondon

The most widely read piece of security news this past month has undoubtedly been the impact of the widespread Backoff point-of-sale (PoS) malware family. Backoff is suspected to be the culprit behind several recent data breaches at major companies. US-CERT issued an advisory on 31 July warning that “seven PoS system providers/vendors have confirmed that they have had multiple clients affected,” and the U.S. Secret Service “currently estimates that over 1,000 U.S. businesses are affected.” Full advisory here.