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Hackers Target Online Shops in Credit Card Thefts

computerThousands of online shops have been targeted by hackers who interjected malicious JavaScript into the e-commerce websites to steal credit card details of customers.

It is believed as many as 5900 online stores were targeted by hackers. The hackers added uniquely crafted code that intercepts customers’ card details and steals the information.

Dutch researcher Willen de Groot first discovered the hacks around a year ago, when he found that 3501 online stores contained malicious JavaScript code.

Sadly the situation has not improved in a year. In fact some online stores that were discovered by de Groot to be unwillingly skimming payment card details for attackers in 2016 are still doing so today. Over 750 online stores are still doing so today.

This type of skimming activity can go on for months without detection, as this incident proves.

According to De Groot, there are a number of hacker groups involved in this online skimming, as is evidenced by the fact that in 2015 there were variants of the same malware code but today there are 3 distinctively different malware “families” and nine variants.

An article on explains,

“The first malware just intercepted pages that had checkout in the URL,” the researcher said. “Newer versions also check for popular payment plugins such as Firecheckout, Onestepcheckout, and Paypal.”


Vulnerabilities in the website are being taken advantage of by the hackers, when website owners failed to address these problems.

Many shop owners don’t understand the seriousness of the problem and aren’t taking responsibility as they should.

The article went on to detail examples of the worst answers received by de Groot from companies when he told them of the vulnerabilities,

“We don’t care, our payments are handled by a 3rd party payment provider,” one unnamed shop owner said.

“Our shop is safe because we use HTTPS,” said another.


De Groot explained that while HTTPS protects against man-in-the-middle attacks, where the hacker is in a position on the network to intercept traffic between a user and a server, in these the hackers have figured out how run the malicious code on the server itself over HTTPS. That means that whatever information users input onto the website, the hacker can access with the aim of getting their credit card information.

Mr de Groot went on to state:

As for using a third-party payment processor, “if someone can inject Javascript into your site, your database is most likely also hacked,” de Groot said.

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Benefits of Cloud Solutions for Small Businesses

cloud-accounting It’s good to see a firm of accountants in Aspley (A suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, in Australia) offering innovative cloud solutions for their clients.

More and more small businesses are realizing the benefits of cloud computing and switching their business and according to Northern Business Consultants, here’s why.

Cloud Computing is all about using PCs and mobile devices, to access your applications through the Internet. This can be done simultaneously, over a large network of devices and in real-time.


Simply put, switching to the Cloud to store data allows small businesses to save on their IT expenses including saving on hardware and software.

Northern Business Consultants (NBC) are experts at providing small businesses with tailored SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions from their leading partners.

The company employs experienced professionals to assist small businesses with setting up, training staff and providing support for the transition phase to the Cloud.

They also work to ensure their clients endure as little disruption as possible during the migration to the Cloud and that the company’s productivity is not affected by the transition.

In a nutshell, here are some of the benefits of moving your business systems over to the Cloud,

  1. Say goodbye to expensive hardware. Servers and hardware that are expensive to purchase, store and access are a thing of the past. Small businesses benefit from the financial savings on IT infrastructure and maintenance costs.
  2. There is no longer any need to install software and applications on your PC which is a time-consuming process. With the Cloud everything is now accessed through the internet. You do have the choice of installing some applications that have been made available for mobile devices that sync with applications in the cloud.
  3. Data is remotely accessible. Because data is stored in the Cloud, you can access it anywhere, at anytime and from any device even your mobile phone.
  4. Updates are automatic so there’s no need for installations. Software and feature upgrades are automatic, so there’s no effort on your part to install anything.
  5. Adaptable to your business.Cloud computing applications can be increased or decreased depending on your business’ needs. This can be done quickly and effortlessly, with the click of a button.
  6. Reduced risk due to remote storage.  By storing data off-site, your risk of losing it is reduced. There is no chance of hardware failure or office disasters, destroying your data.

Northern Business Consultants have partnered with Xero – cloud accounting software, Receipt Bank and Capsule to provide tailored and integrated systems for their clients.

Want to know more? Then speak to NBC about cloud solutions to suit small business.

Study Reveals Ad Blockers are Breaking The Internet...

computerAccording to a new study, ad blockers aren’t just blocking ads on the internet, they are actually breaking websites.

Websites belonging to British Airways and Vodafone have been affected by ad blockers, according to new research.

The UK’s 100 most popular websites were examined and researchers found that ad blockers weren’t just blocking pop-ups but actually accidentally corrupting useful parts of the websites themselves.

London ad-tech company Oriel examined 24 common ad blocked including Adblock, Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin on popular websites such as Vodafone, Ryanair, P&G and BA.


Why You Need to Uninstall Quicktime a.s.a.p

computerQuicktime video player has been identified as having critical security flaws, so if you have this video player on your Windows PC you should uninstall it immediately.

You probably installed Quicktime from Apple while setting up iTunes but Apple is no longer updating the product and flaws have been identified which means you should remove it from your PC as soon as possible.

The flaws were found by researchers at Trend Micro.

While Apple would ordinarily push an update, the company is getting rid of Quicktime for Windows so there won’t be any more security updates. The only way to safeguard your device is by uninstalling it.

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Race for The Biggest Database in History

103044136-googamaz.530x298According to CNBC, the race is on between Google and Amazon to have the biggest database in history.

A long 4 years after its proposed creation and  years after the Flash Crash of May 2016, the long-delayed Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) may actually come to life.

The article on CNBC went on to explain. Find out more at

Federal Government’s Cyber Security Strategy


The federal government recently announced plans to invest $230 million in its national cyber security strategy over the next four years.

The announcement was made at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney recently.

The prime minister announced the creation of a new ministerial role assisting the prime minister on cyber security.

A new Cyber Ambassador will also be appointed by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to be a liaison between government and business and to work towards a “secure, open and free internet”.

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