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'Backoff' malware targets restaurants. Is yours at risk?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning retailers to step up their cyber-security to protect against aggressive new malware that aims to steal customer payment information.

The malware, known as “Backoff,” targets businesses that use common remote desktop applications like Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Chrome Remote Desktop, Splashtop 2, Pulseway and LogMEIn Join.Me, according to the Department of Homeland Security report. Once hackers use the malware to gain access to a system, they can collect sensitive informationlike customers’ credit card numbers, often without being detected by common anti-malware programs.

“Bad actors have targeted remote access as an entry point into Point-of-sale (PoS) systems for a while,” said David Matthews, general counsel for the National Restaurant Association. “This latest announcement from Homeland Security regarding the ‘Backoff’ malware is just another example of how vulnerable our payments system is to cybercriminals. Restaurant operators must be continually vigilant to keep their technology platforms safe from attack.”

The Department of Homeland Security recommends a series of steps restaurants and retailers can take to reduce their risk. Find out how you can protect your customers’ information in “Backoff: New Point of Sale Malware.”

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