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From airlines to retail: after British Airways, Newegg breached Featured

The Newegg homepage. The Newegg homepage.

The malicious attacker, or attackers, known as Magecart, who infiltrated the British Airways website last month, have now attacked online retailer Newegg using a new domain named that they registered in August.

Security firm RiskIQ, which had also put out detailed research on the BA hack, said in a blog post that the domain, intended to blend in with Newegg's primary domain,, had been registered through domain registrar Namecheap on 13 August. Details of the Newegg hack were also released separately by another firm, Volexity, with whom RiskIQ collaborated.

Newegg's business was valued at US$2.65 billion in 2016, and Alexa's Web statistics showed that it was the 161st most popular site in the US, RiskIQ's Yonathan Klijnsma pointed out, adding that Similarweb, which monitors site visits, had Newegg down as receiving more than 50 million visits every month.

Initially pointing to a standard parking host, the Magecart operators had later changed the domain they registered to point to, a drop server they own and where the skimmer back-end runs and can accept credit card information that is skimmed.

In order to make the bogus site look authentic, Magecart obtained a certificate from Comodo, Klijnsma said.

cert newegg

The certificate used for the site.

Like many other shopping sites, Newegg first asks a prospective customer to choose a product, then enter delivery information and, once this is validated, takes the customer through the process of entering credit card information.

The skimming code was placed on the credit card processing page, Klijnsma said, adding that the UR for the page that would return the skimmer was

He said the code was smaller, running to just 15 lines, as only one form needed to be serialised.

newegg code

The actual code (above) which did the skimming was similar to that used in the case of British Airways and the only change was the name of the form and server to send the information to, theming this with Newegg this time, Klijnsma said.

"While some Magecart groups still target smaller shops, the subgroup responsible for the attacks against Newegg and British Airways is particularly audacious, performing cunning, highly targeted attacks with skimmers that seamlessly integrate into their targets’ websites," he said.

"The attack on Newegg shows that while third parties have been a problem for websites – as in the case of the Ticketmaster breach self-hosted scripts help attackers move and evolve, in this case changing the actual payment processing pages to place their skimmer."

Screenshots: courtesy RiskIQ

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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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