Hacker attacks against retailers up 43 percent

SC Magazine, By Angela Moscaritolo, October 12, 2011

Hacks targeting the retail sector have increased 43 percent since last year, largely due to an increase in SQL injection and the use of exploit toolkits, according to researchers at Dell SecureWorks.  During the first nine months of 2011, Dell SecureWorks blocked an average of 91,500 attacks per retailer, compared to 63,651 during the final nine months of 2010. The rise is primarily due to an increase in SQL injection assaults against servers, as well as attacks stemming from web-based exploit kits, Ben Feinstein, director of operations and analysis with the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit, told SCMagazineUS.com on Tuesday. Other verticals have also experienced an increase in attacks, though not to the same degree as the retail sector, he said. Merchants are being more heavily targeted than those within other sectors, likely because they maintain vast amounts of information that attackers want, and often have less stringent security controls.  Specifically, attackers have been hitting retailers hard with injection attacks, a technique for exploiting web application security flaws by inserting malicious SQL code in web requests. Though this type of attack has been well known for some time, it still proves successful for cybercriminals. http://www.scmagazineus.com/hacker-attacks-against-retailers-up-43-percent/article/214125/

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