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It’s not just consumers left with concerns over the recent security breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, but also local banks left footing the bill to repair whatever damage the breaches have caused.

WASHINGTON – More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, according to the Homeland Security Department.

The cyberattack reportedly hit the in-store cash register systems at companies including Target, Supervalu and UPS Stores, according to the New York Times.

Since July 31, seven companies that sell and manage in-store cash register systems have confirmed that they each had multiple clients affected.

The government is urging businesses to scan their point-of-sale systems for software known as “Backoff,” discovered in October.

Read full story: The New York Times