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Friday, 17 May 2019 08:52

Forbes magazine victim of Magecart card-skimming attack

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The subscription site for Forbes magazine has been the victim of the card-skimming attack group Magecart, with the well-known website leaking card data on Wednesday until the attack was noticed and the site taken down.

The presence of the card stealer was noticed by Troy Mursch, a security researcher who runs the Bad Packets website.

In a tweet, Mursch said: "On May 14, we noticed the site was compromised around 4:30 AM UTC (3.30pm AEDT on Wednesday) and notified multiple Forbes contacts via email. At 2:00 PM UTC, the site was taken offline. Around 6:00 PM UTC the website was back online, minus the malware."

The chief of security firm RiskIQ, Yonathan Klinsjma, who has made a detailed study of Magecart, said last year that since 2016 he had publicised the spread of devices known as card skimmers — hidden within credit card readers on ATMs, petrol pumps and other machines where people paid with credit cards — to steal credit card data.

"Magecart uses a digital variety of these devices," he added.

Mursch later tweeted that the site was back online "and we've confirmed the malware has been removed".

However he warned: "If you made a purchase on the site while it was compromised, your credit card information was likely stolen."

The site appears to down at the time of writing (8.50am AEDT, Friday).


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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