Aussie Credit Card Cock-Up

Australia is a huge country geographically, but has a pretty small population; around 23 million, almost twice that of the US state of Pennsylvania. So when you learn that Romanian hackers recently got a hold of half a million Aussie credit card numbers, you can see that's a pretty significant number when put in context.  The baddies also already racked up about $1,000 of each of 30,000 of the card accounts. They apparently got these card numbers via poorly configured or controlled RDP instances. The Remote Desktop Protocol is a widely-used tool that allows Windows users to connect to remote Windows computers using the built-in RDP utility.
Once you've got an RDP connection to the inside of a network, you can run pretty much any software you like, even GUI-only applications that weren't built with remote control in mind.
It seems that's what the crooks did, running up the retailers' Point of Sale (PoS) software and retrieving credit card numbers already collected by the retailers' own payment devices.
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Aussie Credit Card - get it?

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