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The Billion-Dollar Hacking Group Behind a String of Big Breaches

April 4, 2018View for printing

While lots of criminal hacking gangs are simply out to make money, researchers regard FIN7 as a particularly professional and disciplined organization. The group--which often appears to be Russian-speaking, but hasn't been tied to a home country--generally works on a normal business schedule, with nights and weekends off. It has developed its own malware tools and attack styles, and seems to have a well-funded research and testing division that helps it evade detection by antivirus scanners and authorities more broadly. In the Saks breach, FIN7 used "point of sale" malware--software secretly installed in the cash register transaction systems customers interact with--to lift the financial data, a signature move.

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