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Aloha point-of-sale terminal, sold on eBay, yields security surprises
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:55:12 +0000 (UTC)

http://news.techworld.com/security/3531445/aloha-point-of-sale-terminal-sold-on-ebay-yields-security-surprises/

By Jeremy Kirk
Techworld.com
18 July 2014

Matt Oh, a senior malware researcher with HP, recently bought a single Aloha point-of-sale terminal -- a brand of computerized cash register widely used in the hospitality industry -- on eBay for US$200.

Oh found an eye-opening mix of default passwords, at least one security flaw and a leftover database containing the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and phone numbers of employees who had access to the system.

His findings have received a fair amount of attention due to the role of such systems in high-profile data breaches at retailers including Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels.

"What we found was that the overall state of security of the system was very poor," he wrote in a blog post describing his analysis.

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