South African Banks Suffer Data Breach Resulting in Losses of Ten Million Rand


Austin, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/08/2013 -- South African banks have suffered losses of millions of rand due to a major breach of customer card data.

This data breach occurred from point-of-sale (POS) terminals becoming infected with malicious software called Dexter enabling cyber criminals to steal credit and debit card information of customers.

The crisis is believed to have only hit the fast- food industry in particular striking the chicken fast food chain KFC the hardest.

As a result of the breach Europol, Interpol and the South African Police Service are all involved to what is now referred to as a multinational investigation.

Sabric which is South Africa’s banking risk intelligence centre, is managing the forensic investigation whilst working closely with investigators.

Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) CEO Walter Volker explained that when a bank customer presented their card at a fast-food outlet and it was swiped, malware hidden in an infected POS terminal would read the customer’s card number and send this to an international syndicate.

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