Ingenious malware used inside Russian gas station to steal money from the customers

Ingenious malware used inside Russian gas station to steal money from the customers
Nothing is safe, and everything can be hacked. Well, this time gas pumps caught our cybersecurity team attention.
Russian Federal Security Service FSB dissolved a fraud scheme that took place inside dozens of the gas station around Russia. The FSB arrested Russian cybercriminal Denis Zayev this Saturday in Stavropol because he created multiple malicious software that made gas station customers pay more for less fuel. Around 3 to 7 percent, less gas than normal was pumped in their car tanks.

Zayev sold his malicious software to various gas stations employees who agreed to use the software and split the profit with the Russian hacker. The fraud took place in gas stations located in the south of Russia, trough this type of fraud both hacker and gas stations employees made hundreds of millions of rubles.
The malicious software that Denis Zayev made was so good that was impossible to detect by anyone.
It was made in such way that pumps always displayed false data, the cash registers and back-end systems were rigged too. After this, the malicious software was able to cloak sales data tied to the sale of a station’s illicit surplus gasoline.
This kind of attack isn’t new. It happened back în 2013 when a group of 13 hackers managed to steal $2 million from customers at gas stations across the Southern United States before the law enforcement agencies caught them.

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