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September 19, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – September 19, 2019 – RiskIQ, the global leader in attack surface management, today released research exposing the hijacking and reuse of decommissioned domains used in Magecart web-skimming attacks by a secondary market of cybercriminals.
Magecart has so radically changed the threat landscape, victimizing hundreds of thousands of sites and millions of users, that other cybercriminals are building campaigns to monetize their handiwork. These secondary actors know that websites breached by Magecart are likely still making calls to domains once used for skimming and exfiltrating credit card data. Once registrars bring these campaigns back online after they were sinkholed or otherwise deactivated, these scavengers buy them up. Their goal is to use them for malvertising and other threat activity, monetizing the traffic going to the breached websites on which these domains remain.
“The challenge with these domains is that many website owners were never aware of an active skimmer threat on their site in the first place,” says RiskIQ threat researcher Yonathan Klijnsma. “And unfortunately, once these malicious domains come back online, bad actors can pick up where the original skimmer left off with the intention of monetization.”
Key takeaways include:
These secondary actors are likely experienced in affiliate marketing and fraud and are buying up domains they know lead to a lot of traffic. While ads themselves aren’t malicious, they are exploiting the vulnerabilities in websites. In the future, threat actors may also engage in other schemes and threat activity far more malevolent than advertising.
Because of RiskIQ’s internet-scale visibility and ability to view a business’s internet-facing attack surface as Magecart sees them, our researchers and technology first exposed, profiled, and analyzed Magecart. We now continue to detect it as it evolves.
To download the full report, visit: https://www.riskiq.com/blog/labs/magecart-reused-domains/
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