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Australia Cyberattack hits donors for Australia bush fire charities

14:16  14 january  2020
14:16  14 january  2020 Source:   techradar.com

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Donating to help the victims of Australia 's bushfires could put your credit card details at risk as security researchers have discovered that While the attackers' intention was to target the site itself, unfortunately the donors as well as the victims of Australia 's bushfires will end up paying the price.

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Criminals have hijacked websites looking to raise money for the victims of the devastating Australia fires.

According to the Malwarebytes Threat Intelligence Team, cybercriminals have injected malicious script into donation sites to steal the payment information of donors.

This kind of attack is known as Magecart and it involves hackers compromising a website to inject malicious JavaScript code into a site's ecommerce or checkout pages. These scripts are used to steal credit card or payment information which is then sent to a remote site controlled by the attackers.

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The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season is a series of bushfires , also known around the world as wildfires, that are currently burning across Australia , predominantly in the south-east.

How Australia has been battling bushfires during a devastating fire season. Victoria, where fires have already burned 1.2 million hectares, has declared a "state of disaster" for the worst- hit areas, which allows the authorities to enforce evacuations and let emergency services take over properties.

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While the attackers' intention was to target the site itself, unfortunately the donors as well as the victims of Australia's bushfires will end up paying the price.

Magecart attack

The Magecart attack targeting the donation website works by adding a malicious credit card skimmer script called ATMZOW into a user's cart at the site's checkout page. When they submit their payment information as part of the checkout process, the malicious script steals the submitted information and sends it to a domain controlled by the attackers.

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The fires burn up fuel like kindling and leaf detritus, meaning a natural bushfire has less to devour. Since Australia 's fire crisis began last year, calls for Her Aboriginal elders in Sydney have been assessing the overgrown bush and extremely dry kindling for some time, warning that a huge fire is

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According to Malwarebytes Jérôme Segura, the compromised site has now been shut down which means that donors will no longer have their payment information stolen. However, as the code is still active on the site, the attackers could modify it to use a new domain and begin collecting user's payment information once again.

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Australian authorities say a fourth person has died in a week of massive bushfires on the nation's east coast. Fire chiefs have warned the worst of the summer is "still ahead of us", after expressing alarm at the scale and severity of the spring bushfires .

Graffiti artists have paid tribute to the firefighters tackling Australia 's biggest wildfires in decades. A firefighting koala with a note of thanks for the country's rural fire services was among the murals painted in Hosier Lane, Melbourne - famous for its street art - on Sunday.

Bad Packets Report's Troy Mursch used the PublicWWW tool to discover that the same script used by the attackers is currently active on 39 other websites.

Cybercriminals are constantly looking for new sites to target and unfortunately the donors trying to help victims of the Australian bushfires were caught in the crossfire.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

More than $73 million has been raised through Facebook for bushfire relief in Australia, as social media and new online platforms pave the way for faster donations .
More than $73 million has been raised for bushfire relief through Facebook donation pages. Celeste Barber's Facebook fundraiser for Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund has generated over $50 million – the largest fundraiser on the platform globally. More than 6,000 GoFundMe pages have also been created for bushfire relief, which have raised more than $23 million. Visit Business Insider Australia’s homepage for more stories.Social media has been helping people all over the world raise funds and support for victims of the Australian bushfires.

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