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Attackers Hack into Oracle’s MICROS Point-of-Sale Systems


According to KrebsOnSecurity, a cyber-crime gang organized in Russia which had hacked into many retail firms and banks, seemingly infiltrated computers in hundreds installed at Oracle Corp., a major software maker. During the hack, the gang hijacked one customer support website created to facilitate organizations utilizing the MICROS point-of-sale systems of Oracle where customers swiped their credit cards.

The website named KrebsOnSecurity was first to report the security hack on August 8, 2016, informing that investigation was still on regarding the scale as well as capacity of the breach, while it couldn't be said for certain what length of time the attackers maintained admission into the Oracle computers.

As long as the hack remained, attackers planted malware onto the Micros PoS computers which enabled them using Oracle's customer usernames and passwords when the same customers accessed the support portal, according to KrebsOnSecurity. Following the incident, Oracle advises its clients to set their user ids along with passwords afresh. Siliconbeat.com posted this, August 8, 2016.

A source from inside Oracle who wanted to stay anonymous narrated to Krebs how the malicious software that infected the PoS systems interacted with a server outside the organization; the server which earlier was associated with certain online attackers' gang named Carbanak which had robbed banks worldwide off more than $1bn with the aid of socially engineered tricks, personalized assaults along with customized malware.

The cyber-criminals hijacked MICROS' support site, a place for organizations to utilize MICROS software and thereafter ask Oracle's experts to assist. For spoiling the gang's activities Oracle began resetting the password to benefit all users of the support portal.

According to KrebsOnSecurity, of the first three major PoS machines worldwide, Oracle MICROS System occupies a position among these. When Oracle was acquired during 2014, the company stated that its software was active on 330K customer care websites across 180 countries.

When Oracle stated that it happened to detect malware inside particular legacy MICROS devices and fix it, the company, however, desisted from providing any further info. Oracle's associates then stated that they could comprehend MICROS device software's potential energy performing tasks with Oracle's Platform-as-a-Service and cloud services approach.

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