RAM Scraping – we are not talking about sheep

RAM scraping is a system where malware grabs your credit card information and writes it to a text file before it is encrypted by your POS system. This happens in a millisecond and is undetectable. Anyone that has a POS device need to be aware of this and take steps to prevent it. As you can see below, this is on the rise and will get worse before it gets better. This system is behind many of the large credit card scams in 2014.RAM Scraping

So what can you do?

You need to do all the things that you know you are supposed to do. For example you need to:

  • Make sure Windows updates are kept current
  • Be careful opening emails – Phishing attacks
  • Watch what your employees are doing on the Internet
  • Keep a good Anti-Virus program on your systems and current

There is nothing new needed to help prevent this from impacting your business – more of the same that most businesses pay little or no attention to until they have a data breach or someone they knows have problems.

As you can see in the graph from the Verizon Security report 2015 graph, this activity is on the rise. Act now before you are the next victim.

 

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