New malware strain could target hotels and restaurants

A new type of malware, which disguises itself as a service pack for remote connectivity software service LogMeIn, steals payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems, according to researchers at Forcepoint Labs.

The researchers spotted the malware – dubbed ‘UDPOS’ – after noticing that the service pack generated many unusual DNS requests. They haven’t been able to confirm whether the malware is currently being used in the wild, but warned that the likely targets would be fixed and mobile POS terminals in hotels and restaurants.

This choice of target shouldn’t be a surprise, as cyber crime is a copycat industry and criminal hackers have had a lot of success attacking hotels and restaurants recently. Arby’s, Shoney’s, Select Restaurants, Sonic, and Chipotle all reported POS breaches last year, and Hyatt, InterContinental, Mandarin Oriental, Hilton, Kimpton Hotels, Trump Hotels, and White Lodging are among the hotel chains to acknowledge card breaches.

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