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Attivo Networks Predicts a Significant Increase in Reported POS Attacks During 2017

Attivo Networks issued a report detailing severe vulnerabilities in the nation’s POS systems that could lead to large breaches during the Holiday shopping period and on into next year. The report, based on primary research, shows how attackers are moving laterally undetected through networks, compromising asset management servers and then using them to plant malware on POS terminals for either timed or remote activation, creating the foundation for wide-scale credit card information theft. Traditional security devices have proven to be ineffective in detecting an attacker’s lateral movement, in providing malware activation visibility between asset servers and POS terminals, and in accurately correlating attack forensic data, according to the report.

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