10-16-2013 11:50 AM
Leo Kelion wrote:
South Africa has been hit by one of the biggest cyber-fraud attacks in its history, according to the body that oversees local financial transactions.
The payment card systems of thousands of shops, restaurants and hotels had been compromised, said the Payment Association of South Africa (Pasa).
It added the attackers had used a new variant of the malware known as Dexter.
The malware may have been named after the US television show Dexter
Ten million rand is worth £626,000 or just over $1m.
Dexter gets its name from a string of code found in one of its files, which may refer to the US television show that followed the exploits of a serial killer.
The Dexter code was linked to a series of attacks on point-of-sale systems in the UK, US and dozens of other countries towards the end of last year.
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