VISA Warns of Ongoing Cyber Attacks on Gas Pump PoS Systems

It has been reported that the point-of-sale (POS) systems of North American fuel dispenser merchants are under an increased and ongoing threat of being targeted by an attack coordinated by cybercrime groups according to a security alert published by VISA.

Three attacks that targeted organizations in this type of attack with the end goal of scraping payment card data were observed during the summer of 2019, according to the Visa Payment Fraud Disruption (PFD).

In response, Nigel Stanley, CTO at TUV Rheinland, commented:

“It’s simple – hackers follow the money and go where their return-on-hacking-investment works out best. POS and similar systems have always been an attractive target, as cybersecurity has historically been an afterthought for many POS system vendors. No doubt the pumps themselves are being eyed up by threat actors intent on getting some free fuel!”

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