The new twist here is the use of steganography (the embedding of malicious code) in a favicon for the purpose of stealing credit card information.
The code is inserted into a favicon, the company's tiny logo or related image file that appears on a browser's web page tab or along the address bar.
Hackers, they said, are inserting malicious code inside image files on web sites that set the stage for capturing users' personal data.
Leave it to the ingenuity of digital criminals to dispense with the need for a physical credit card and instead devise a way to gather the same data through online transactions.
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