In anticipation of big sales and the upcoming holiday shopping season, cybercriminals are increasingly trying to attack users who prefer to shop online. So, reportedthat in the week of November 18-24, Kaspersky Lab’s defense systems recorded almost twice as many fraudulent resources that mentioned “Black Friday” in one way or another, compared to the previous week from November 11-17.
In addition, the proportion of phishing attacks that targeted online stores has increased. Moreover, this growth is especially noticeable in Russia: if about 20 phishing attacks were sent to the e-commerce section in RuNet two weeks ago, last week phishers tried to attack Russian online stores on average in every 11 cases.
“The start of sales is a real expanse for online scammers. After all, it was at this time that a large number of people began to buy gifts for themselves and their loved ones in online stores, they were in a hurry and in this rush they were losing their vigilance. At the same time, it is worth saying that we expect an increase in the number of phishing attacks not only within the framework of Black Friday, but also subsequent New Year's sales. As the experience of previous years shows, the percentage of phishing attacks, in particular the financial sector, is approximately 12% higher than all other attacks in the fourth quarter than the same indicator at other times of the year, ”said Tatyana Sidorina, senior content Kaspersky Lab analyst.