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Magecart hits hundreds of websites via ad supply chain hijack

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A criminal Magecart gang successfully compromised hundreds of ecommerce websites via a malicious script that silently harvested personal data and payment card information as customers bought goods and services online.

Rather than specifically target individual websites, the hackers audaciously hacked a third-party Javascript library from French advertising network Adverline, allowing the malicious skimming code to run on at least 277 websites.

According to researchers at Trend Micro and Risk IQ, websites affected by the breach at Adverline included ticketing, travel and flight booking services, as well as online stores selling cosmetic, healthcare and apparel products.

The fundamental problem is this – just about every website uses third-party Javascript used by other people. It’s an easy way to add functionality to a site, with no coding required. A very common example is Google Analytics, used by many millions of websites to provide webmasters with a way of collecting web...(continued)

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