North American Magento Websites at Risk From Hackers For Security Oversight

Security web scans and analysis on almost 74,000 Canadian and US Magento websites, the most popular e-commerce platform globally, reveal 79% are at risk from cyber criminals, according to leading global cybersecurity experts.

THE LATEST SURVEY carried out by Foregenix in October identifies the most significant vulnerability for Canadian and US SMEs’ are hackers looking to exploit the absence of critical security patches.

Global cybersecurity experts Foregenix found almost 90% of websites using Magento-1 were at risk, however, the figures fell sharply to around 30% for Magento-2 websites.

The global analysis, which examined over 170,000 Magento websites in total, also reveals that 1.5% of these sites (2,548) are infected with malware. Out of these infected sites, 1,591 were compromised by credit / debit card stealing malware which is actively harvesting their customers’ sensitive data for subsequent sale and / or fraud.

A further 2.3% of all websites are vulnerable to Magento Shoplift, a vulnerability which was disclosed and patches made available in January 2015. This allows hackers to completely administer the website remotely, steal sensitive data and even order items for free through a single exploit command, which is publicly available.

The cybersecurity company, which is renowned globally for its work on payment security, has an active threat intelligence team researching and analysing attack trends, with a strong focus on the e-commerce sector.

The research, Unveiled for the first time at Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council European Community Meeting in London, Foregenix’s CEO Andrew Henwood said: ‘While the figures for North America are of great concern, they are roughly in line with our findings for many other regions such as Europe.

The issues highlighted are a truly global problem which threatens to undermine confidence in e-commerce, especially in markets leading the way in online sales such as the US and Canada. Repercussions as a result of compromises are heavy penalties by card providers and these put many smaller traders at risk.

Magento and other e-commerce platforms release regular software updates in response to vulnerabilities. These security patches, if not used, can leave websites highly vulnerable to hacking and loss of sensitive data.

Online businesses often assume web developers, agencies and hosting providers take care of security. Design agencies are great at producing beautiful, transactional websites that sell their wares, but their expertise on security issues generally isn’t as well developed. Agencies and their clients need to be aware of e-commerce security issues, as even a single breach can be devastating for a small business.

Simple precautions can make a real difference to reducing a company’s risk from criminals such as regularly patching, changing default settings on the administration interface and using stronger passwords with multi-factor authentication. Risk can never be entirely eliminated, so companies should also consider investing in a partnership with a cybersecurity specialist organisation and cyber insurance policy.

Foregenix is a leading independent cybersecurity company with a focus on keeping the world’s payment systems secure. With a decade of experience in the payment card industry (PCI), it helps merchants, payment processors and other operators to ensure they are securing their environments effectively while complying with industry security standards.

Foregenix works with clients in the Fintech, retail and e-commerce, hospitality, travel and insurance sectors, as well as banks and governments globally.

Any business that wants to know whether its website is secure can scan externally for free, using the same technology that detected the issues above at