Researchers identify ‘brute force’ method of stealing credit card information


We all know it’s important to be vigilant while shopping online, so that our information isn’t captured for illicit purposes. However, the user’s due diligence is worthless if the retail platform itself has a security flaw — and new research suggests there might be a glaring issue with the way online stores take payment information.

A group of researchers from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom has published a paper that suggests online criminals can use online payment systems from a variety of different sites to figure out a target’s banking information by “brute force.” The researchers suggest that this methodology may have been used to facilitate last month’s attack on Tesco Bank customers. – READ MORE

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