Cyber attacks on e-commerce applications are on the rise as businesses adopt omnichannel strategies and implement additional API interfaces [1]. To address these vulnerabilities, regular testing and monitoring are crucial [1].


A recent example of such an attack is the cyber-attack on Honda, which has had a global impact on their operations. This attack disrupted Honda’s access to computer servers, email systems, and internal networks. It also affected production systems outside of Japan, leading to the suspension of operations in various countries including the UK, North America [2], Turkey [2], Italy [2], and Japan [2]. Cyber-security experts suspect it may be a ransomware attack [2], potentially resulting in data encryption or Honda being locked out of their IT systems. However, Honda has assured that no data breach has occurred and the overall business impact is minimal. Efforts are underway to restore full functionality and bring affected sites back online as soon as possible.


This incident highlights the importance of application security testing [1], particularly in the context of cyber attacks on e-commerce websites. It also underscores the need for vulnerability testing and emphasizes the benefits of long-term preventative solutions like Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS). The frequency of cyber attacks on e-commerce platforms is a significant concern, emphasizing the necessity of security testing to safeguard businesses and users. PTaaS is recommended as a continuous approach for vulnerability assessments and swift mitigation.