A prolific hacking group behind hundreds of cyberattacks on restaurants has lost its alleged leaders. On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced that it’s arrested three high-ranking members of the international hacking group FIN7. The international cybercriminal organization was behind cyberattacks on restaurants like Chipotle, Chili’s and Arby’s, according to the indictments. The hacking group allegedly stole 15 million credit card records after striking over 3,600 locations in 47 states. FIN7 hit more than 100 US companies, with a focus on restaurants, hotels and gaming, Western District US attorney Annette Hayes, said during a press conference on Wednesday. The group carried out its attacks through carefully crafted email messages, packed with malware designed to infiltrate its victims’ networks. Once the phishing emails tricked someone into opening a file, FIN7’s hackers would dig through the networks to search for and steal credit card information, which they would then sell online, prosecutors said. The emails would come in with a Microsoft Word file laced with malware, pretending to make an order for catering. The hackers would go beyond emails, and make follow-up phone calls to trick victims into opening the malicious files. “They appeared to be harmless, and would often accompany the emails with phone calls in attempts to get them to open the attachment,” Jay Tabb Jr., an FBI agent involved in the investigation, said. The campaign of attacks is estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars in damages, the US attorney said. FIN7 also carried out attacks against businesses… [Read full story]
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