POS botnet discovered using Dexter variant

Share this article:

A botnet of infected point-of-sale (POS) systems is behind the compromise of more than 20,000 payment cards since August, reports have found.

On Wednesday, Ars Technica published an article on the threat, which was detected by Los Angeles-based security firm IntelCrawler. According to the company, the targeted POS systems were infected with a variant of Dexter, called “Stardust.”

The Stardust malware iteration was also found to be used in another recent campaign to steal credit card data in the U.S. and abroad. Arbor Networks detailed those attack activities in a Tuesday report.

In this campaign, researchers found that botnet operators controlled 31 machines belonging to U.S. restaurants and retailers, Ars reported. IntelCrawler has yet to determine fraudsters' means of infecting POS systems.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

Two Russian cybercriminals nabbed in Android malware scheme

Two men were arrested for stealing money from victims' bank accounts after sending malicious emails offering a romantic gift.

TorrentLocker developers patch error

Victims had been able to restore encrypted files without paying a ransom.

Home Depot: breach risks 56M payment cards, 'unique' malware used

Home Depot confirmed that approximately 56 million payment cards may have been compromised as result of a malware attack.