Hacks of the Month —January 2020 Edition


Hacks of the Month —January 2020 Edition

In this blog, we’ll do a short recap of January’s most notable reports about various companies being hacked, data breaches and security vulnerabilities exposed. Read on for the Hacks of the month — January 2020 Edition.


Gas Pump Station Card Readers Hacking

Don’t swipe your Debit Cards at gas station pumps. Visa warns cardholders and released a statement not to use debit cards at the pump terminals. The company is aware of POS malware being deployed on the networks of five North American fuel dispenser merchants. Furthermore, Visa Payment Fraud Disruption (PFD) teams says cybercrime groups appear to have found a weak spot in how gas station and gas pump operators work.

For more of an update, all gas stations have until October of this year to upgrade to chip readers.  For now, we highly suggest using cash or a credit card for payment at any gas station without a chip reader.


Restaurant Company POS Malware Hit

Dining company Laundry, which owns many franchise restaurants such as Del Frisco’s Grill, Rainforest Cafe, and many more discloses a data breach of more than 60 restaurants. The point-of-sale (POS) was targeted with POS malware. The malware was able to read and track data on older card entry systems. The data that was exposed on customers cards are:

  • cardholder’s name
  • card number
  • expiration date
  • and internal verification code


Microsoft Data Breach

Microsoft announced that about 250 million customer records were exposed due to a server misconfiguration. A security researcher noticed that the set of users’ data was stored on five different servers for a span of two days. The company apologized for the incident and have secured the data. The data breached included:

  • IP addresses
  • locations
  • customer email addresses
  • Microsoft support agent emails


Windows 7 Security Updated/Support End of Life

If you haven’t been alerted on your personal or workplace PC’s using windows 7 operating systems yet. We’re telling you now, Windows 7 end of life and support has finally arrived. Microsoft made it clear that they will no longer offer support or security patches. If you have not purchased windows 10 license to be installed and upgraded, give us a call. If you do have windows 10 license and would like assistance in upgrading your computer call us to schedule a drop-off date and we can get you upgraded same day in most instances. You can also send us a message on our contact us page!


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