'Backoff' virus threatens computerized cash registers

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EDISON - The Department of Homeland Security is warning retailers about a virus called 'Backoff.'

Officials say they have notified thousands of retail companies they could be infected with the malicious software.

Investigators say that the software may have infected cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customers' financial information.

The government is now urging businesses to scan their systems for the virus, which was discovered last October.

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