UPS Store On Keystone Avenue Reportedly Breached By Malware

UPS Stores have reported that malware has been found on Point of Sale (PoS) systems in 51 stores around the country including one locally on Keystone Avenue.  Twenty-four states are reported to have stores affected by this malware.

This particular malware went undetected for quite sometime as it was not caught by anti-virus software.  The malware found is believed to have compromised credit and debit card information, as well as postal and email addresses.

The breach includes approximately 100,000 transactions between January 20, 2014 and August 11, 2014, dates vary by specific location.  UPS spokesman Chelsea Lee has said the company is not currently aware of any fraud related to the attack.

If you or anyone you know has shopped with a credit card at the Keystone Avenue location or any other UPS Store make sure you take necessary steps to protect yourself and pass the information on to others who may also be affected.  Currently the UPS Store's advisory says they do "not have sufficient customer information to contact potentially affected customers."  So it is now to the communities and social media to spread this information so anyone who may have been affected can act before they experience any kind of credit / debit card fraud.

From Tim David, President of The UPS Store, "Please know we take our responsibility to protect customer information seriously and have committed extensive resources to addressing this incident. We understand this type of incident can be disruptive and apologize for any anxiety this may have caused."

If you shopped at The UPS Store and are concerned you're at risk make sure you make use of the free credit monitoring being offered.  For a full list of affected stores, see below.  For the Data Security Incident Information or All Clear ID protection being offered click here.

This is another example of the kind of PoS malware previously seen in the Target breach.  It seems clear that PoS malware is becoming a larger and more serious threat to retail stores and it is important companies take steps toward securing their Point of Sale systems. UPSStore1     UPSStore2     UPSStore3

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A Copycat Of CryptoLocker Has Appeared In The Wild

Another group has made a copycat of CryptoLocker, and they've gone so far as to even use the CryptoLocker name.  Although recently some users are now seeing the infection as TorrentLocker, perhaps the original creators of CryptoLocker are feeling territorial about use of their name.  Beyond stealing the name and being a ransomware infection, these two infections are not the same.

This new CryptoLocker works to encrypt all of your data and renames the files with a .encrypted file extension; although this version does not delete shadow volume copies which in some cases can be used to recover files. You then receive a ransom note, so to speak, giving you a link to purchase the decryption key for your files.  The cost for the decryption key is 1.8 Bitcoins and interestingly is posted as AUD, Australian currency.  1.8 Bitcoins may seem like an odd amount, but at the time of this CryptoLocker's release it was equal to 1,000 AUD.

Upon clicking the link you're sent to a website that, at least in some screen shots, provides a Buy It Now price and a Buy It Later price as well as the total number of files encrypted.  Clearly wanting to make sure you are able to buy the decryption key you are also offered information on how to register a Bitcoin wallet and how to purchase Bitcoins. TorrentLocker This infection is using a static Bitcoin address so anyone can go see the payment activity associated with those purchasing the decryption key.  As of this morning total Bitcoins received stands at 77.52790304 BTC or roughly $36,876 USD since late August. The cyber criminals haul is over $35k USD in just over 2 weeks.  Looking at booty like that and it should become clear to everyone why this kind of crime isn't going anywhere and why having a quality enterprise backup solution is a must have for any business. Call or email Top Speed today to learn what an Enterprise Backup Solution will do to protect your company's valuable data. 775-852-1811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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