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

afficked sites then their chances of infecting large numbers of computers and turning them into bots would be much greater. The bots were then used to send phishing e-mails and launch additional SQL Injection attacks. For retailers, the danger of a SQL Injection attack is that if it is successful then the hacker can potentially gain administrator access to the affected server, thus opening up the entire customer database to the hacker, complete with the customers' account information which could include credit card data, bank account information, name, address, etc. Even worse, under some circumstances, once the hacker has successfully infiltrated the database server they can use it as a jumping off point to access the rest of the company's network," continued Jackson.

"With the holiday season upon us and shoppers flocking to the Internet to make gift purchases from the convenience of their computers, retail organizations and online shoppers should be aware of the threats and should employ protective measures," said Haber.

Security Tips for Online Retailers

Retail organizations should make sure their Web presence is secured against cyber attacks by employing a defense in depth strategy including:

-- Keeping all servers and workstations fully patched to protect against attacks targeted at the latest security vulnerabilities, especially Web application attacks such as SQL injection and cross site scripting.

-- Employing a default deny policy on firewalls at their network perimeters. This policy involves blocking all network traffic except traffic that is explicitly allowed.

-- Employing effective security practices on services requiring authentication, including password aging, password complexity, authentication delay and automatic lockout on repeated failed login attempts.

-- Employing intrusion prevention at the network perimeter to block attac
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