Magecart attacks are around in a more covert way despite their numbers decreasing over the past few months, according to new findings provided by Malwarebytes.
Malwarebytes researcher Jérôme Segura said in a June 20 blog post that the threat of client-side Magecart attacks is still "worthwhile," and the newly discovered campaign has shown connections with "a pretty wide infrastructure."
After Sansec reported a Magecart skimmer domain on June 9, and another security researcher tweeted a suspected host on June 12, Malwarebytes researchers determined the two domains have connections to a larger campaign from last year that involved a skimmer with virtual machine detection capability. While reasons are unknown, threat actors removed VM detection code from both domains.
A Magecart attack is a type of cybercrime that applies online skimming techniques to steal personal data from websites, mostly targeting customers' payment details on online stores and ecommerce platforms.
While Magecart became active in 2015 for attacking ecommerce platform Magento, it has evolved over time to target a wide range of web environments and payment platforms, including WooCommerce, an open-source WordPress plugin used by many online retailers.
WordPress with WooCommerce plugin has outpaced Magento as of July 2021 in terms of attacks, with credit card skimmers hiding in the fake images or Telegram channel, according to several recent reports published by Sucuri.
A lack of visibility on server-side is one of the biggest challenges in monitoring Magecart attacks.
“If the Magecart threat actors decided to switch their operations exclusively server-side, then the majority of companies, including ours, would lose visibility overnight,” Segura commented. “This is why we often look up to researchers that work the website cleanups. If something happens, these guys would likely notice it.”