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Nearly half of all web application cyber attacks target retailers, study shows

Warwick Ashford Monday 24 November 2014

 

Nearly half of all web application cyber attack campaigns target retail applications, a study has shown.

The retail sector is the most heavily targeted by this type of attack, according to the latest web application attack report by security firm Imperva.

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The warning comes as online retailers gear up for Black Friday on 28 November 2014 and Cyber Monday on 1 December, the two busiest days of the online shopping year in the US and increasingly in the UK too.

The Imperva report is based on the analysis of 99 applications over nine months by the company’s Application Defense Center (ADC) research team.

The study found 40% of all SQL injection attacks and 64% of all malicious HTTP traffic campaigns target retail websites.

 

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