Phishing is experiencing worrying growth.



For many, Black Friday is all about promotions and bargains.

But in recent years, this period of shopping spree has also been synonymous with phishing and online scams of all kinds.

With the explosion of Internet sales, a consequence of the confinement and closure of many so-called "non-essential" businesses, this promotional period, which begins Friday, November 27 (but has been postponed by some brands to December 4 in France), offers great opportunities for cybercriminals, who have not hesitated this year to multiply online scams.

Computer security firm Check Point Research has reported a spike in hacker activity over the past six weeks, with an upsurge in malicious phishing campaigns targeting online shoppers in the form of " special offers ".

In the four weeks between October 8 and November 9, the number of weekly “special offers” phishing campaigns doubled globally, from 121 at the start of October to 243 at the start of the month. November.

An 80% increase in phishing campaigns

“The first half of November showed an 80% increase in sales and specials phishing campaigns, with emails containing phrases like 'special', 'offer', 'sale', 'cheap ","% off, "" says CheckPoint.

One email in 826 is a phishing email linked to the November shopping days, compared to less than one in 11,000 emails at the start of October.

"In just two days (November 9 and 10), the number of weekly phishing campaigns" special offer "was already higher than during the whole first week of October", also indicates the company specializing in computer security.

The first half of November showed an 80% increase in phishing campaigns related to sales and specials.

- Check Point

Check Point researchers provided an example of an email phishing campaign, which attempts to imitate the Pandora jewelry brand.

“The sender contains an Amazon domain, but there is no mention of the platform in the mail or in the links.

Further investigation made it possible to verify that the email address was spoofed, ”the researchers note.

Separately, "two of the links in the mail relate to a site that attempts to trick recipients into believing that the email is from the jewelry company Pandora," whose incorrect spelling also suggests that the e- mail is a fake.

To avoid falling victim to these scams, computer security experts recommend adopting a few quick reflexes: beware of too good deals, never share your identifiers and multiply different passwords, beware of e-mails password reset unsolicited, be vigilant of spelling or syntax errors in emails, and avoid buying anything online using your payment details on a website that is not equipped SSL encryption system (padlock).


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