New malware goes directly to US ATMs and cash registers for card info

While many consumers already take precautions when shopping online, they may need to start being even more careful - as a new report shows malware is focusing on physical registers and ATMs compromised by attackers looking to harvest card data.

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The malicious code is evidently being installed directly into point-of-sale (POS) hardware (meaning registers or kiosks) and ATMs, and transmitting the harvested information straight out of the magnetic stripes on credit and debit cards - which includes everything from account numbers, to first and last names and expiration dates.

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