Category: Payment Processing Technologies
Halloween is here. It’s a holiday fixated around spooky happenings and frightening affairs. Halloween is not the only spooky and frightening event that will have happened this October. Hackers coming from thousands of different internet addresses unleashed a series of complex attacks on the internet this past Friday were none-other than a real-life scary scenario out of a cyber horror fantasy. These attacks took place through common devices such as DVR systems and routers. Some of the most popular websites were affected by what is known now as one of the largest internet attacks ever seen. The cyber-attacks struck Paypal, Spotify, Twitter, and a company called Dyn out of New Hampshire, which behaves as a switchboard for online traffic. “The complexity of the attacks is what’s making it very challenging for us,” said Dyn’s chief strategy officer, Kyle York.
Users of those sites affected, including Netflix and Amazon, reported outages during that time. In their report from Tuesday, Flashpoint stated that even though Mirai malware was used in these attacks, the command and control server that was in charge of the botnet was “separate and distinct” from those used in previous Mirai botnet attacks. The development of these Mirai botnets over the past few years has allowed for those in the hacking community to launch attacks in higher capacities than ever before.
Those disruptions are coming at a time of unprecedented fear and anxiety over cyber threats in the United States, where in past years hackers have targeted large corporations and political organizations. Flashpoint made it clear in their report that the motives behind these hackers are not political or harmful in nature. They believe the attacks to align more closely with attacks from the Hackforums community merely to show off their skills, or to troll and earn notoriety by causing intermittent trouble.
Regardless of the nature of the attacks, it is always a safe and smart idea to secure your business from being vulnerable to hacking attacks. While talking pumpkins and dancing skeletons remain figments of Halloween fun, smaller businesses being attacked by cyber-criminals is a staggering reality. Smaller businesses are becoming more favorable to cyber-criminals and often times they are unprepared for such attacks. The best way to combat internet foul play is to ensure your business is PCI compliant and QIR certified.
Each year, Sterling Payment Technologies goes through a thorough review of its own systems to guarantee that the highest security standards are set in place for the handling, processing, transmission and storage of merchant card data. Sterling has designed and implemented a program for merchants to ensure PCI compliance. The process identifies vulnerabilities in a merchant’s card processing system, including POS systems, personal computers or servers, Internet applications, shopping carts, paper-based storage systems, and unsecured transmission of cardholder data to service providers. Complying with PCI DSS is your best defense against hackers who look for network vulnerabilities that enable them to steal cardholder data. On top of PCI Compliance, becoming QIR certified is not only mandatory but it is one more defense against cyber-criminals. At least one qualified person from your company needs to become QIR certified. To receive certification, you'll take an online course and a certification exam.
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