ModPOS (Modular point of Sale) malware threat rises again

Shopping season swings into high gear, a “highly sophisticated” malware framework that could pose a threat to U.S. retailers using point-of-sale (POS) systems, called ModPOS (for “modular POS”). Security experts are warning of a major new sophisticated POS malware framework which could wreak havoc among US retailers as they head into the busy Black Friday shopping period.

ModPOS is “the most sophisticated point-of-sale (POS) malware , with its complex and sophisticated code base, ModPOS can slip undetected past many types of modern security systems. Its modular nature also provides multiple attack routes, with keylogger, POS scraper and uploader/downloader modules that make it possible to target unique aspects of retailers’ POS systems.

New CryptoWall virus variant v4.0 is out in the wild now

Nasty crypto wall CW4.0 notifies you AFTER it’s done messing with your local and network files, not only data but it also now encrypts file names. Unless you have back up no way any files can be recovered. It is highly recommended to use some backup data program such as provided in Max Total Security which not only backs up but also protects anyone from modifying the files. This way you are fully protected.

The malware researchers also confirmed that encryption algorithm used to encrypt the victim’s files is the unbreakable AES 256 and the key is encrypted using RSA 2048.

The Cryptowall 4.0 infections were observed across the world, including in France, Italy, Germany, India, Romania, Spain, US, China, Kenya, South Africa, Kuwait and the Philippines.