Oracle’s Micros Payment Systems Hacked
August 22, 2016
Seid Yassin (367 articles)
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Oracle’s Micros Payment Systems Hacked

The risks associated with data breaches continue to grow, impacting a variety of industries, tech firms, and social networking platforms. In the past few months, over 1 Billion credentials were dumped online as a result of mega breaches in popular social networks.

Now, Oracle is the latest in the list.

Oracle has confirmed that its MICROS division – which is one of the world’s top three point-of-sale (POS) services the company acquired in 2014 – has suffered a security breach.

Hackers had infected hundreds of computers at Oracle’s point-of-sale division, infiltrated the support portal used by customers, and potentially accessed sales registers all over the world.

The software giant came to know about the data breach after its staff discovered malicious code on the MICROS customer support portal and certain legacy MICROS systems. Hackers likely installed malware on the troubleshooting portal in order to capture customers’ credentials as they logged in.
These usernames and passwords can then be used to access their accounts and remotely control their MICROS point-of-sales terminals.

In a brief letter sent to MICROS customers, Oracle told businesses to change their MICROS account passwords for the MICROS online support site – particularly passwords that are used by MICROS staff to control on-site payment terminals remotely.

“Oracle Security has detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy MICROS systems,” said the company. “Oracle’s Corporate network and other cloud and service offerings were not impacted by this code.”

“Payment card data is encrypted both at rest and in transit in the MICROS hosted environment… Consistent with standard security remediation protocols, Oracle [requires] MICROS customers to change the passwords for all MICROS accounts.”

Citing unknown sources, security news site KrebsOnSecurity, reported that the attack possibly came from a Russian crime gang, dubbed Carbanak Gang, that has been accused of stealing more than $1 Billion from banks and retailer stores in past hacks.

Source | thehackernews