#40 – New Ways Hackers are Attacking Online Shopping Sites – How to Easily Stay Safe


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EFFECTED USERS: Every Online Shopper

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SUMMARY: Advanced hackers attaching shopping carts and online shopping.

‘Skimming’ = diverting info from where it is intended to go, and making a copy for an unauthorized person (like a hacker).

Gas station as a paradigm: Physical skimmers.  The same thing is happening online.

Here with me to talk about this today is Steve Ginty, the Director of Threat Intelligence at RiskIQ.

He focuses on digital attack management,  threat and vulnerability intelligence efforts and he is also  Co-founder of RiskIQ’s PassiveTotal platform, making him the perfect person to speak with!

What is changing about how hackers are attacking online shopping?

What are some of the steps people can take to simple steps to avoid the attack:

  • Know the site where you are shopping
  • Check website addresses
  • Keep an eye on your credit card activity : Don’t only watch for large transactions; some thieves run small charges. If you suspect that your card was skimmed, whether you see a suspicious transaction or not, call your card issuer and request a new card. They’d rather issue you a new card than have a fraudulent transaction go through.
  • Know a scam when you see one: If you do provide your credit card information, make sure you are in a secure online shopping portal. Sites that ask for it in return for “coupons” or to win “free” merchandise are almost always scams.
  • Use applepay, amazon pay, or a known resource for payment.

Official Website: https://www.riskiq.com/

Company Research: https://www.riskiq.com/resources/research/riskiq-2020-black-friday-e-commerce-blacklist/

FREE website / URL research tool: https://community.riskiq.com/research

Twitter Feed: @seginty

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sginty

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David W. Schropfer

David W. Schropfer is the CEO of SAFE (Smartphone Authentication For Everyone), a cybersecurity company in New York (www.theSafe.io).  Every day, he and his team of professionals keep the people who use The SAFE Button protected from some of the most common traps, hacks and attacks that target computer systems of all sizes. David is the author of the bestselling cybersecurity book, Digital Habits: 5 Simple Tips to Help Keep You and Your Information Safe Online. His previous books, including The Smartphone Wallet and industry whitepapers, predicted some of the biggest trends in the payments, mobile, and security industries.  Since graduating Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami.

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