Online Credit Card Theft – A Brief Overview of Online Fraud and Abuse – Part 1
Many clients that we work with host and operate ecommerce websites which are frequent targets of attackers. The goal of these attacks is to steal credit card details from unsuspecting victims and sell them on the black market for a profit. The online ecommerce environment is diverse, constituting many different content management system (CMS) platforms and payment gateways all of which have their own features and risks.
In this post I will attempt to demystify this cluttered environment, provide some context for the different attack vectors, and reasons how customer’s credit card details become compromised.