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Cybercrooks have created an improved version of the Dexter point-of-sale malware that's being blamed for slurping the credit and debit card details of holiday shoppers. A new version of Dexter, first discovered by security researchers Seculert about a year ago, has been planted on 31 infected point-of-sale terminals, located in …

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The only secure bank account is an empty one, with no overdraft facility.

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"The only secure bank account is an empty one, with no overdraft facility."

Only if you can be absolutely certain the bank will not honour a payment and put the account into a (more expensive) unauthorised overdraft.

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Anybody know...

...whether the PoS tills run an embedded version of Windows, or one of the full-fat versions?

Just curious.

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PoS

Aptly named.

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Cash rules

Ok.

No tracking,

No 'you shopped at Subway. Perhaps you want this bag of dope?' adverts

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"..a few theories about how the Windows-based malware is spreading."

I no longer think POS stands for Point-Of-Sale, but Piece-Of.....

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I have an idea...

I was troubleshooting some VPN issues a while ago, and when I reviewed the logs I noticed that there had been some access that looked like attempts to log in to a certain 'enterprise point of sale' system. Could this be related? Some retail systems might be set up for remote access with quite lax security?

V.

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'Windows-based malware'

This common phrase is due for it's own icon.

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Possible source of contamination

"Hey, minimum-wage drudge, how'd you like to make a $1,000 just to slip this thumb drive in when no one's looking?"

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Data is sent via FTP?

"Data is sent via FTP to hosts based in Russia"

Why is a POS system even able to FTP back to a server in Russia?

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