Threat Management, Malware, Network Security

Automated Magecart campaign infects 962 online stores


A July 4 Magecart card-skimming attack successfully infiltrated 962 online stores in what researchers are calling the largest 24-hour automated Magecart campaign to date.

Researchers from Sanguine Security Labs who detected the attack reported it via Twitter, and uploaded the JavaScript-based skimmer code to GitHub.

Sanguine Security researcher Willem de Groot told BleepingComputer that the campaign took place within a 24-hour timeframe. "It would be nearly impossible to breach 960+ stores manually in such a short time," he reportedly said, noting that some of the victims were vulnerable against PHP object injection exploits.

A look at the uploaded code reveals that the skimmer was developed to steal paying customers’ credit card data, names, phone numbers and addresses (billing and shipping).

It is not currently clear what stores have been victimized.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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