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Major Retailers Experience 161% Increase in Attempted Hacker Attacks, According to SecureWorks
Date:12/4/2008

t increase in network scanning in October where we blocked 202,000 network scans per client," said Haber.

"One of the methods used to bypass authentication are brute force attacks -- where hackers systematically try large numbers of username and/password combinations in order to gain access to the retail organizations," said Don Jackson, director of Threat Intelligence for SecureWorks. "Hackers know that if they can successfully steal customer usernames and passwords, they can get access to retail accounts to make fraudulent online purchases and redirect those purchases to mailing addresses of their choice," continued Jackson.

Attempted SQL injection attacks, a technique that exploits security vulnerabilities in Web applications by inserting malicious SQL code in Web requests, increased significantly in May for our retailers, going from an average of 20 per client per month to 237 per client per month. It then hit a peak in July with 17,000 attempted SQL Injection attacks per retail client and since November has dropped off to normal levels, averaging 18 per client per month.

"The abnormally high attack levels in July, August and September are a result of the rash of SQL Injection attacks we saw this year from a Chinese SQL injection tool and the Asprox trojan," said Jackson. http://www.secureworks.com/research/threats/danmecasprox/

"In July, August and September, hackers used the Chinese SQL Injection tool and the Asprox trojan to launch thousands of SQL Injection attacks so as to build up their botnets," said Jackson. "With these attacks, they sought out websites that utilized active server pages linked to a Microsoft SQL Server backend and unfortunately a lot of retailers use this platform, thus they became a big target. Of course, this boded well for the hackers because if they could infect high tr
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