WEAPON OF CHOICE: Federal investigators are frequently discovering Backoff malware as they examine retailer break-ins, says Chris Camejo at NTT Com Security. "Somebody decided this will be their go-to tool."

How 'Backoff' Malware Works and Why Banks Should Care

The Department of Homeland Security has sounded an alarm about Backoff, a relatively new type of malware. The warning was directed mainly at retailers' point-of-sale networks, but banks are also susceptible.

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