Cyber attackers are repurposing penetration testing tools to break into the networks of small and medium-size businesses worldwide with the goal of infecting Point-of-Sale systems with malware.

The new attack campaign started in September and has been dubbed operation Black Atlas by researchers from antivirus vendor Trend Micro. Travis Smith, senior security research engineer at Tripwire provided the following comments.

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Travis Smith, Senior Security Research Engineer for Tripwire :

“Using existing penetration tools for malicious intent is not a new technique. Since they are already widely used, many security tools have built in detections for these types of attacks. The reason they are successful against SMB’s is their limited security budget.

“Fortunately, for those with smaller security budgets, capabilities to detect and prevent attacks like these are within reach. A wide array of open source tools are available, which can quickly address risks faced by SMB’s.”[/su_note]

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