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'Security by antiquity' bricks payment terminals


Krebs on Security - (National) Equinox Payments officials reported that U.S. retailers using certain models of its Hypercom credit card payment terminals experienced an outage December 7 when a security mechanism was triggered by the expiration of the products' cryptographic certificates that were assigned a 10 year expiry date in 2004. Company officials are working to replace the certificates and return thousands of the bricked terminals to an operational state.


Note: This news synopsis is taken from the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, a daily [Monday through Friday, except US Federal holidays] summary of open-source published information concerning significant critical infrastructure issues; a 10-day archive of the DOSIR can be found at:

Last Updated: 27 May 2016 10:22:47