KEYW Exclusive: FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches
Exclusive: FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches
By Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:53pm EST
(Reuters) - The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in the holiday shopping season.
........One cyber security consultant who has reviewed the FBI report, said the findings were troubling.
"Everybody we work with in the retail space is scared to death because they don't have a lot of defenses to prepare against these types of attacks," said the consultant, who is advising several retailers in current investigations.
"This is not just based on anybody saying 'This is going to happen.' This is based on statistical data that the FBI is seeing," said the consultant, who was not authorized to publicly comment on the details of the report.
Retailers need to move quickly to get better tools in their networks that can analyze traffic patterns on the fly and identify any unusual activity, said another expert in retail security, who has audited POS systems to find vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit.