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Point-of-sale malware creators still in business with Spark, an Alina spinoff

Lucian Constantin | Dec. 19, 2014
A malware program dubbed Spark that steals payment card data from compromised point-of-sale (POS) systems is likely a modification of an older Trojan called Alina, and highlights a continuing, lucrative business for cybercriminals.

Some new POS terminals protect card data from malware by encrypting it the moment a customer's card is swiped. However, replacing existing POS systems with newer models that support point-to-point encryption would be costly for many retailers, which is why these attacks are not likely to disappear anytime soon.

 

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