Security researchers came across a malicious campaign that is using quite convincing, fake Google domains to trick website visitors into trusting the pages to perform online transactions.
More specifically, the campaign was reported by Sucuri researchers who were contacted by a Magento website owner. The website owner “had been blacklisted and was experiencing McAfee SiteAdvisor “Dangerous Site” warnings”.
How did the infection of the domain take place?
Hackers “purposely selected the domain name with the intention of deceiving unsuspecting victims”. The trick is that online users see a reputable name such as Google and assume they are safe to proceed, when in fact the truth is that they are about to load a malicious domain.
This tricky method is also common in phishing attacks where it is deployed to trick victims into thinking a phishing page is actually legitimate, the researchers explain.
One of the interesting parts of this campaign is that the code is designed to change tactics depending on the use of developer tools in Chrome or Firefox browsers. If developer tools are in place, the skimmer will not attempt to grab any information.
The skimmer supports many payment gateways, and in case the above mentioned condition is met, the stolen information is sent to a remote server, disguised as another google domain – google[.]ssl[.]lnfo[.]cc.
To protect your ecommerce website, the expert advice for Magento site owners is to install the latest security patches as soon as they become available. If you are unable to update your site, you can leverage a web application firewall to virtually patch any vulnerabilities, Sucure adds.