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Cyber criminals shift focus toward e-commerce sites: study


Cyber thieves are ramping up their use of malicious codes on e-commerce sites as a way to steal credit card information from consumers, according to a report released Wednesday.

Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report said that in 2018 hackers turned to what’s known as “formjacking” in order to “steal credit card details and other information from payment forms on the checkout web pages of e-commerce sites.” To achieve that, they used malicious JavaScript code, researchers found.

“Requiring only a few simple lines of code loaded onto a website, formjacking represents a significant threat to online retailers, or any anyone who collects personally identifiable information from their customers via their website,” Symantec said in its report. “On average, more than 4,800 unique websites are compromised with formjacking code every month.”

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