Analysts Find Fresh Magecart Code and Redirectors to Malvertising Campaign.
Malicious card skimming code discovered by RiskIQ suggests that cybercriminals are taking advantage of unsecured Amazon Web Devices Simple Storage Service cloud storage buckets.
RiskIQ researchers found the Magecart skimming code on three websites owned by Endeavour Business Media.
Endeavor Business Media is a website that hosts online forums for firefighters, police, and private security professionals. Researchers also found a malicious redirect to a malvertising campaign called Hookads.
A threat researcher at RiskIQ told Information Security Group, “the three websites belonging to Endeavor are not effective for deploying this type of skimming code, as there is no payment data on those sites. Instead, the Magecart group seemed to be taking a “shotgun approach”; where they place malicious code anywhere and everywhere they can find without regard for success.”
RiskIQ reports read, “as attacks involving misconfigured S3 buckets continue, knowing where your organization is using them across its digital attack surface is imperative.”
Over the years, security researchers have warned that threat actors are mass-scanning the internet for misconfigured Amazon S3 buckets to plant card skimming and other malicious code to target a wide range of victims.
The researchers didn’t find only the skimming codes. A malicious redirector called “jqueryapi1oad” found is believed to be associated with the Magecart.
According to the report, the RiskIQ analysts have previously found the jqueryapi1oad code associated with 362 malicious domains. “We believe the injection of the jqueryapi1oad malicious redirector on those 362 domains is part of one long-running campaign by an actor focused on traffic distribution; the redirect sends victims to the Hookads malvertising campaign.”
Herman said that the Hookads malicious campaign was initially discovered in 2016; and has been linked to several other malicious activities like scam adware, exploit kits, tech support, etc.
On the way forward, RiskIQ has advised organizations affected by the misconfigured S3 buckets to clean out the data and deploy new resources, or create a new S3 bucket, to prevent threat actors from re-installing this type of malicious code.