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PinkKite POS Malware Is Small But Powerful
16th Mar 2018 [4 months ago] from SecurityWeek
A newly discovered piece of malware targeting point-of-sale (POS) systems has a very small size but can do a lot on the infected systems, security researchers reveal. Called PinkKite, the POS malware was observed last year as part of a large campaign that ended in December, but was only detailed last week at Kaspersky Lab’s Security Analyst Summit (SAS). Discovered by researchers at Kroll Cyber Security, the malware is believed to have appeared last year for the first time. Similar to previously observed POS malware families such as TinyPOS and AbaddonPOS, the new PinkKite has a very small size (it is less than 6kb) and uses its tiny footprint to evade detection. Despite this, however, the malware includes memory-scraping and data validation capabilities. Furthermore, Courtney Dayter and Matt Bromiley, who detailed the threat at last week’s SAS 2018, reveal that PinkKite uses a hardcoded double-XOR cipher to encrypt credit card numbers. It also features built-in persistence mechanisms, and a backend infrastructure...

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