Hackers targeted thousands of online retailers to steal credit card details

Over 4,000 online retailers have been warned that their websites had been hacked by cyber criminals trying to steal payment information and other personal information from customers. 

In total, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has identified a total of 4,151 retailers that had been compromised by hackers attempting to exploit vulnerabilities on checkout pages to divert payments and steal details. They alerted the retailers to the breaches over the past 18 months. 

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The majority of the online shops that cyber criminals exploited for payment-skimming attacks were compromised by known vulnerabilities in e-commerce platform Magento. Most of those affected and alerted to the compromises and vulnerabilities are small and medium-sized businesses. 

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The NCSC revealed the number of businesses it has notified about customer data being stolen ahead of Black Friday. It is urging all retailers to ensure that their websites are secure ahead of the busiest online shopping period of the year in order to protect their business – and their customers – from cyber criminals. 

“We want small and medium-sized online retailers to know how to prevent their sites being exploited by opportunistic cyber criminals over the peak shopping period,” said

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