Impact of credit card payment point breach in South Africa uncertain

Hackers recently breached computer systems at Oracle, which included a customer support portal for companies using MICROS point-of-sale credit card systems.

Oracle said it had “detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy MICROS systems”.

To prevent a recurrence, Oracle said it implemented additional security measures for the MICROS systems.

In South Africa, MICROS is used by numerous chains, including KFC, Steers, Nando’s, Wimpy, Mugg & Bean, and Woolworths.

This raises two questions: Are any South African payment systems compromised? If so, what is the impact on the compromised systems?

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) told MyBroadband it has been made aware of the breach, but does not have further information on the matter.

“Sabric has not received any reports on the impact of the breach on SA-based merchants at yet,” it said.

The Payments Association of South Africa said it is looking into the breach, but could not provide comment by the time of publication.

MICROS in South Africa did not respond to questions about the security breach.

Update

Statement from Micros South Africa: “Micros South Africa operates a completely separate support system to that of Micros Inc/Oracle Corp. The local support system was not compromised nor do we store sensitive customer data in our support system.”

The Payment Association of South Africa (PASA) said it is not aware of any data compromise incidents relating to the Micros systems in the South African payment system.

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