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Another source told this author that Avanti’s corporate network had been breached, and that Avanti had made the decision to turn off all self-checkouts for now — although the source said customers could still use cash at the machines.
“I was told that about half of the self-checkouts do not have P2Pe,” the source said, on condition of anonymity.
Further inspection of the device and communications traffic emanating from it revealed it was infected with a family of point-of-sale malware known as Po Seidon (a.k.a.
“In addition, users of the Market Card option may have had their names and email addresses compromised, as well as their biometric information if they used the kiosk’s biometric verification functionality,” the company warned.
P2Pe is short for “point-to-point encryption,” and it’s a technological solution that encrypts sensitive data such as credit card information at every point in the card transaction.
In theory, P2Pe should to be able to protect card data even if there is malicious software resident on the device or network in question.
Avanti Markets, a company whose self-service payment kiosks sit beside shelves of snacks and drinks in thousands of corporate breakrooms across America, has suffered of breach of its internal networks in which hackers were able to push malicious software out to those payment devices, the company has acknowledged.
The breach may have jeopardized customer credit card accounts , Avanti warned.
Dunker confirmed that the kiosk vendor that was the subject of his post was indeed Avanti.