Dealerships Vulnerable to Hack Attacks, from Wards Auto.
Malware can steal customer social security numbers from finance and insurance department computers.
With malware known as Keylogger placed into a finance and insurance computer by a hacker, a cyberthief may capture every social security number you type in.
The malicious invader transmits to the thief every 3-digit, 2-digit, 4-digit keystroke pattern for SSNs.
Computer-security experts say most dealership networks lack even some of the most basic security protection to prevent such theft. Off-the-shelf antivirus and anti-malware software, while helpful, don’t adequately protect against today’s aggressively creative cybercriminals.
“Without a network protected against hackers, dealers simply give away critical and potentially damaging information from their stores,” said Tony Petcou, a channel manager with Nuspire Networks, a security services provider based in Michigan.