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Thousands of payment card terminals stopped working. Find out why

Thousands of payment card terminals stopped working. Find out why
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Do you remember the Y2K bug? As a quick refresher, many people believed that computers were going to fail in the year 2000. The problem, many believed, would be due to the fact that computers would reset to zero after the year 1999.

Well, thousands of point-of-sale card terminals just fell victim to something very similar. It isn't a world-ending bug this time, though, because laziness caused thousands of terminals stopped working.

If you've been following my security coverage, then I'm sure you're seeing a pattern here. Here's what went down:

Credit card point-of-sale terminals built by Equinox Payments subsidiary Hypercom stopped working on December 7th, 2014. The card terminals stopped working, Equinox Payments claims, because a ten-year security certificate created in 2004 expired.

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