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5 Cyber threats for e-commerce applications

Harold de Vries


e-commerce has become an integral part of our daily lives. With the convenience of online shopping, it's no wonder that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting e-commerce applications. To protect both your business and your customers, it's crucial to be aware of the top cyber threats facing e-commerce applications. In this blog, we'll explore five of the most prominent ones:


Phishing attacks remain a pervasive threat in the e-commerce industry. Cybercriminals often impersonate legitimate websites or send deceptive emails to trick users into revealing their personal and financial information. In e-commerce, this can manifest as fake product listings, fraudulent payment gateways, or even bogus customer support channels. To combat phishing, it's essential to educate customers and employees about recognizing phishing attempts and regularly update security measures to block phishing sites.


Malware and ransomware attacks can cripple e-commerce operations. Malicious software can infiltrate your network, compromise customer data, and disrupt business operations. Ransomware, on the other hand, can lock critical systems and demand a ransom for their release. Regularly updating and patching software, employing robust antivirus solutions, and maintaining a robust backup and recovery system are crucial steps to mitigate these threats.


E-skimming involves the theft of sensitive payment information from e-commerce websites during the transaction process. Cybercriminals inject malicious code into the website, enabling them to collect payment card data without the user's knowledge. Employing strong web application security practices, regularly scanning your website for vulnerabilities, and using encryption for payment transactions can help protect against e-skimming attacks.

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)

Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities allow attackers to inject malicious scripts into web pages viewed by other users. In e-commerce, this can lead to compromised customer accounts, data theft, and even the spread of malware. Preventing XSS attacks involves sanitising user inputs, employing content security policies, and conducting regular security audits to identify and fix vulnerable areas within your application.

SQL Injection

SQL Injection is a technique where attackers exploit vulnerabilities in your application's code to manipulate the database and potentially gain unauthorised access to sensitive data. For e-commerce platforms, this could mean exposing customer information, order details, and financial data. To protect against SQL Injection, it's vital to use parameterized queries, input validation, and regularly test your application for vulnerabilities.'s HIO Engine

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