Aussie police say that hackers targeting merchant computer systems may have stolen half a million credit card numbers and racked up A$25 million in fraudulent transactions.
The Australian Federal Police confirmed to local press that it is in the midst of investigating the gang, believed to by Eastern European, which has hit the systems of several merchants.
According to SC Magazine, the attacks could be the work of crooks that targeted US Subway restaurants late last year. In both cases, the hackers installed keylogging software on POS terminals to obtain card data, siphoning it through an insecure open Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol connection, says the mag.
Australian banks have placed cards on high alert in a bid to head off fraudulent transactions while the AFP, working with police from other countries, prepares to swoop on the gang.
Half a million credit cards stolen from Aussie business - SC Magazine