POS systems based on the iPad have grown popular over the years and are especially vulnerable to attack over the holidays. Today’s columnist, Greg Foss of VMware Carbon Black, analyzes some of the threats retailers face and offers security tips to make online and POS shopping systems safe. Nagarjun Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic CC BY 2.0)

There’s no shortage of cyber threats facing retailers and shoppers this holiday season, as the volume and sophistication of cyberattacks surge with more consumers shopping online than ever. Cyber Monday 2020 was the biggest online shopping day in U.S. history with sales hitting $10.84 billion.  

The influx of online shopping has caused a rise in cyberattacks at retailers through methods like e-skimming and targeting of point of sale (POS) systems. Additionally, our researchers at VMware Carbon Black have seen POS malware variants in use across a wide variety of retailers. These attacks rely on the physical swipes of cards, which then let the malware exfiltrate credit card data along with verification data, such as PIN numbers or zip codes.

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