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Large Pepperoni Pizza With A Side Of Least Privilege

Posted September 7, 2011    Peter McCalister

One of America’s favorite food is pizza and for the household where both parents work, it’s also a favored “take out” salvation for the family dinner. Correspondingly, the average neighborhood pizza parlor can become a prime target for identity and credit card theft.

This was the case when a Pizza franchise named Mountain Mike’s outside of Sacramento was named the source of rampant ATM and credit card fraud. The headline reads: “Sheriff’s Detectives Find Major Source Of ATM/Credit Card Fraud” and the article goes on to say that “malicious software” was installed on the store’s point of sales systems that captured card and identity information and passed it along to the criminals.

In the past we’ve talked about Identity Thief Irene and how she is the archetype for a criminal who will use your “over privileged” account access rights to secure and steal what appears to be secure point of sale transactions. We have also blogged why POS Should Give A DAM to highlight why your point of sale transactions without Database Activity Monitoring can be at risk for identity theft and compliance audit failures.

If the owners of Mountain Mike’s had implemented a DAM or least privilege solution, then the more than 70 customers who fell prey to their local version of Identity Thief Irene would not have to be dealing with the aftermath of fraud.

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Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

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Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

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