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The threat of the era of coronavirus: how to protect credit card data when shopping online

Online shopping has become a lifeline for many Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, exposing them more than before to online crimes such as credit card skimming. Writes about this Fox News.

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“Although digital skimming has existed for many years, the current COVID-19 pandemic creates a unique situation where more online transactions are processed than usual,” said Jerome Segoura, director of threat analysis at Malwarebytes, adding that “many people make purchases for the first time. in the Internet".

Digital credit card skimming occurs when malware is injected into a payment page in order to steal credit card information. This differs from the older method in which criminals use physical card skimmers hidden, for example, in ATM credit card readers.

One of the most notorious cases of digital credit card skimming occurred in 2018, when 380 cards were stolen from British Airways. It has been attributed to Magecart, a term that encompasses numerous different cybercrime groups.

On March 20, 2020, Malwarebytes launched a credit card skimming campaign on the popular Tupperware website.

The official Tupperware website has been compromised by “hiding malicious code in an image file that activates a fraudulent form of payment during the checkout process,” a Segura blog post said. The malicious file was later deleted.

“As a rule, it is not said anywhere that the site where you are going to enter your credit card information is unsafe. And this is a bonus for criminals who can expect higher returns from stores that they have already hacked, ”said Segura.

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“Tupperware recently became aware of a possible security incident involving unauthorized code on our sites in the US and Canada,” the company said. “As a result, we promptly launched an investigation, took steps to remove the unauthorized code, and the leading data security forensics firm was hired to assist in the investigation.” We also contacted law enforcement. ”

According to Segura, there are things you can do to minimize the risk when shopping online.

Try not to enter billing information on too many sites. Instead, try sticking to one or two main portals in which this data is already stored in your account profile.

Use antivirus software that offers web protection.

Check your bank and credit card statements regularly.

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