Thousands of Magento 1 Stores Hacked: Update Now to Stay Secure

Posted on: 17th September 2020
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Thousands of Magento 1 Stores Hacked: Update Now to Stay Secure

Last weekend it was reported that almost 2,000 Magento 1 stores were hacked in what security experts described as the “largest campaign ever.”

With Magento 1 having reached end-of-life on June 30th 2020, stores still running on this older version of the software are no longer receiving new security updates, which makes them much more vulnerable to being exploited by hackers.

Andy Jones, at Aware Digital, said: 

“Our message is simple. Keeping your site up to date is the single most important thing you can do to protect it from hackers and security threats. If your website is still running on Magento 1.x, now is the time to make the switch to Magento 2 and protect the integrity of your business.”

What happened?

Dubbed “CardBleed,” the attack involved hackers placing malicious scripts onto the victim site to log payment details entered by customers during the checkout process.

The attack has so far affected almost 2,000 Magento stores, with the vast majority running on the now-defunct Magento 1.x software. This version of the software no longer receives new security updates or patches, making it much easier for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities.

How do I stay secure?

With new security threats emerging on a constant basis, it’s vital to install new security updates as soon as possible. This includes updating your core Magento installation, themes and plugins to the latest versions.

As mentioned, this latest hacking campaign mostly affected sites running on the older Magento 1.x software, which no longer receives critical security updates. If your store is still running on Magento 1, we strongly recommend migrating to Magento 2 as soon as possible.

Why move to Magento 2?

Since most attacks on eCommerce stores involve hackers attempting to steal sensitive financial information, having an outdated site is a major threat to both your business and your customers. A hack could damage your reputation and leave you in breach of current data protect laws.

Aside from keeping your site secure and stable, switching to Magento 2 brings many other advantages for your business:

  • Much faster performance, with speed improvements of up to 20% over Magento 1.
  • Greatly improved checkout process to boost conversions and reduce cart abandonment.
  • Powerful new tools and functionality to make it easier than ever to manage, grow and market your store.
  • Out-of-the-box responsive design that delivers a superior shopping experience across all devices

Make the switch to Magento 2

Unlike many updates, Magento 2 is effectively a whole new generation of the platform and is far from being a “one click” update.

As Magento experts, we’re ready and waiting to help you migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2. We can plan and manage the whole process on your behalf to make it as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Whether you’re ready to make the switch or just want some friendly advice, get in touch with us today.

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