Online Shopping May Put Your Data at Risk

12696032183_0d9622ae98_zOnline shopping has a lot of perks vs. shopping in physical stores, like ease. But there are some downsides to online shopping too, including the possibility of your data being stolen.

Criminals are exploiting a vulnerability in about 71,000 e-commerce websites that puts information including customers’ stored credit-card data at risk.

The online shopping websites were susceptible to a chain of weaknesses on the platform Magento, which runs on about one-third of online shops according to the Tel Aviv, Israel-based security company Check Point Software Technologies.

“For all the credit cards that are stored in the system, the attackers are going to have access to that,” Tal says.

Find out more about sites that had their data breached at Market Watch.

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