Cybercriminals are hacking computer monitors to steal data, steal credit card information and steal credit from merchants
Cybercrimers are hacking computers to steal credit and debit card information from businesses in the United States and Europe, according to a new report.
The report from the Cyber Security Alliance, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, found that hackers are targeting computer monitors with malware designed to steal customer credit card data and steal customer bank account data.
The group found that malware targeting computer screens was being used by criminals in the U.S. to steal money from merchants and steal money and other personal information from customers.
It’s the latest development in a long-running cybercrime wave that began in 2014 and has been increasing since then, the report said.
A lot of attention has been focused on China and Russia, but cybercriminals have also targeted the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, the study said.
While the researchers identified a number of high-profile targets, including Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Target Corp., the group did not identify individual banks or credit card companies.
“Cybercriminals can use computer screens to steal customers’ credit card numbers, debit card numbers and other data and credit card usage information,” the report stated.
“It is not clear who is behind these malicious activity and how much it costs.”
The report found that in the past three years, more than 2,000 computer monitors were infected with malware, making it the highest percentage of all the devices the group tested.
“Computer screens are a key target for cybercrimers as they offer a valuable target for targeted attacks,” the Cybersecurity Alliance said in a statement.
The latest malware targets the Apple Inc. iMac, the Sony Corp. PlayStation 4 and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S4, the group said.
The Cybersecurity Act requires companies to report cyberattacks to the Federal Trade Commission and is used to deter and punish cybercrimbers, according the report.
“The new report underscores the need for all businesses to adopt anti-malware measures to protect their networks and their customers,” said Greg Nojeim, a senior vice president at the CyberSecurity Alliance.
“These new threats have the potential to cause significant damage to businesses, including credit card fraud and identity theft, which can lead to lost revenue and bankruptcies,” Nojeis said.
“We urge businesses to continue to adopt sophisticated cybersecurity practices to keep their customers safe and secure.”