Virus may allow hackers to steal customer information

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A major news alert from the Department of Homeland Security.

The department says it has notified more than 1,000 retailers that they could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers.

The software allows hackers to steal customers' financial data. Businesses of all sizes are being urged to scan their systems for software known as "Backoff."