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Wire-Transfer Shops May Provide Hackers An Easy Target




Wire-Transfer Shops May Provide Hackers An Easy Target
Wire-Transfer Shops May Provide Hackers An Easy Target



http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1609439/wiretransfer_shops_may_provide_hackers_an_easy_target/ 

RedOrbit
11 December 2008

According to a study to be released on Thursday, nearly 60 percent of 
PCs examined in 300 wire-transfer businesses in Los Angeles and Las 
Vegas were infected with viruses capable of stealing financial 
information.

Panda Security, a Spanish software vendor, conducted the study and found 
various malicious viruses on the computers including keyloggers that 
record keystrokes, allowing hackers backdoor access to compromised 
machines.

Some of the examined machines held private data including Social 
Security numbers, and credit card numbers.

The study was unable to determine if any of the information had been 
successfully stolen.  According to researchers, the study served to show 
that there are still significant weaknesses in the wire-transfer shops.

"It's a disaster waiting to happen," said Carlos Zevallos, who led the 
study.

Many of the PCs held troves of information due to the fact that many 
wire-transfer shops often sell other goods and services.

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