Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Breaking News - MICROS/Oracle Hacked

It was bound to happen give the outdated technology used in many MICROS point of sale systems but it is being reported today that around 330,000 MICROS systems have been hacked or had a security breach. At this point it appears that some sort of malware was used.

The only comments from MICROS/Oracle at this point is that everyone needs to change their passwords. No word on if any credit card information was compromised.

This brings up a few reminders - no matter what point of sale system you are using:

  • Make sure that you are using the most current/recent version of any point of sale software
  • Perform regular PCI scans to ensure that everything in your business is PCI compliant
  • No actual credit or debit card information should be flowing through the system as regular numbers 
  • Make sure that you have business class computer equipment as well as anti-virus and malware software that is always scanning and always updating
Right now I'm glad that I no longer work for a MICROS/Oracle Partner as I'm sure that there are a lot of irate customers right now wondering what they should do.  I already have a lot of MICROS users contact me about other restaurant POS systems to use so this may up the call volume even more.

I can be reached at kevinantosh@gmail.com or 208-340-5632 for no-cost point of sale advice.

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