March 8, 2018 — Applebees Infected By POS Malware, Customer Data Exposed
Lisa Baergen, Director at NuData, comments on a report issued yesterday by Information Security Buzz News disclosing that US restaurant giant Applebees had been infected with POS malware at up to 160 locations, leading to the credit card data of customers to be breached.
Cybercriminals are being increasingly successful at finding weaknesses in Point-of-Sale (PoS) systems. In this case, 160 restaurants were hit by bad actors trying to steal credit card information. Restaurants and other hospitality industries must continuously monitor PoS devices and distribute patches regularly. On the other side, to combat online fraudulent transactions after the credit card information has been stolen, businesses offering services in the card-not-present (CNP) channel need to identify customers using multi-layered technologies that include passive biometrics. This technology monitors the user’s inherent behaviour, making it impossible for hackers to replicate or steal.
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