WhiteSource Threat Report Reveals Massive Increase in JavaScript-Related Cyberattacks npm | State

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TEL AVIVIsrael and BOSTON, February 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — WhiteSource, a leader in open source security and management, today released a new threat report based on malicious activity found in npm, the most popular JavaScript package manager used by developers around the world. The report, Registry of popular JavaScript packages Is a playground for malicious actorsis based on findings from over 1,300 malicious npm packages identified in 2021 by WhiteSource Diffend, the company’s flagship automated malware detection platform.

JavaScript is the most commonly used current programming language, with more than 16 million developers worldwide relying on its speed, solid documentation, and interoperability with other programming languages. But JavaScript‘s popularity has also caught the attention of threat actors, who are increasingly targeting open source package managers and JavaScript package registries, the most widely used of which is npm, with over 1.8 million of active packages.

WhiteSource tracked an average of 32,000 new npm packages released each month in 2021. This level of activity allowed threat actors to launch a number of attacks, including:

  • Software supply chain attacks: Used to steal data, corrupt targeted systems, and gain access to entire networks via lateral movement.
  • Cryptojacking: When a malicious actor takes control of a victim’s computing resources to mine cryptocurrency.
  • Data theft: Using keyloggers, screen scrapers, spyware, adware, bots, etc., attackers steal victims’ private and/or proprietary data.
  • Security Research: Attackers create packages that falsely claim to be designed for security research but actually contain malicious code.

“With an average of over 17,000 new npm package versions released daily in 2021, there is no doubt that package update activity should be closely monitored,” said Rummy Sass, co-founder and CEO of WhiteSource. “Unfortunately, this popularity is used by threat actors to spread malware and launch attacks that harm businesses and individuals. Our latest threat report is designed to educate readers about npm and how threat actors threat use it, to better protect developers, businesses, and users from malicious behavior.”

In addition to describing what npm is and how it is used by threat actors, the report identifies five key facts about npm package security, as well as best practices for thwarting npm attacks.

To see if you have hidden supply chain risks in your organization, download WhiteSource Diffend here.

To learn more about the report’s findings and download the full report, visit this link.

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WhiteSource helps organizations accelerate secure software development ‌at‌scale‌. We provide automated tools that help bridge the security knowledge gap, easily integrating into the software development lifecycle and going beyond detection with a remediation-focused approach. WhiteSource is powered by the most comprehensive vulnerability database in the industry, providing the broadest coverage for threats and attack vectors. Our solution helps companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Comcast, Philips and many others reduce security risks and increase the productivity of their security and development teams. For more information, visit www.whitesourcesoftware.com.

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