The United States Secret Service estimated more than 1,000 businesses have been infected by the "Backoff" point-of-sale malware, and many of them are unaware they have been compromised, according to a Department of Homeland Security advisory.
Industry reactions to news that group of hackers presumably located in China managed to breach Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital operators in the United States, and steal the records of 4.5 million patients.
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With a community of nearly 400,000 registered users, Snort remains a valuable tool for security organizations and has certainly flexed its muscles, but it may need some reinforcements to maintain its security longevity.
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