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Black Friday 2021, a great opportunity for hackers to carry out their criminal activities


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Last Updated on 30/11/2021 by Anamika

Black Friday just went a couple of days ago and cybercriminals had their eyes on deploying the most malicious malware, phishing lures, making fake websites, mostly to take advantage of online shopping.

As researchers at Kaspersky point out, scammers are already targeting people with fake tickets for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Many security firms already made reports on how the attackers might be targeting a few businesses and the common threats that are going to be there on Black Friday. To add to the attacker’s delight, the Christmas season is approaching soon, so it will give them extra time to attack the accounts of online shoppers.

Kaspersky’s products alone detected over 40 million phishing attacks from January to October 2021, with Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, and Mercado Libre being the most popular lures.

In terms of trends, phishing actors doubled their effort to steal account credentials for e-payment systems (also known as online payment systems), with October 2021 seeing a rise of 208% compared to the month before.

According to the reports of Bleeping Computer

The malware deployed by the attackers generally attacked e-commerce platforms, with the main aim to hack the financial accounts, bank card numbers, CVVs, expiration dates, and phone numbers.

If you have to pay with your bank account or card, verify that the right amount has been charged and monitor all future transactions closely.

Anamika focuses on data privacy, data policy, digital policies, and puts users' privacy first. She loves exploring new tech and spends time looking around business politics and its impact on users and small businesses.
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