The lure of huge discounts and fantastic deals is difficult for many people to ignore! But these types of promotions open the floodgates to hackers targeting consumers in an attempt to fool them, harvest their data and spread malware.
Security experts have discovered more than 32,000 malicious ‘Black Friday’ themed apps, that spoof a lot of the top online retailers brands. These malicious applications can be found in official marketplaces such as Google Play and the Apple App Store, and are said to trick consumers into entering credit card information, Facebook and Gmail log-in details, or even to download information-stealing malware and ransomware.
RiskIQ technology analysed billions of daily requests, apps and domain records, and found that one in 25 Black Friday apps are fake, with at least 15 malicious apps for each of the top 5 American e-commerce brands with global reach. *
But why is this important to you and your business?
Many of your employees will be looking to shop for these amazing deals before work and during their lunch breaks. In the process of doing so, they could click a malicious link in an email or on a website, which invites malware or a potential hacker onto your server, giving them access to secure, private information.
It may not be deliberate, but it can certainly be damaging, depending on the severity of the breach.
In a recent survey, it was revealed that 1 in 5 UK consumers had been caught out by an online scam. DON’T BE THE NEXT VICTIM!
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are advising consumers on how to stay safe when shopping online. Simple steps such as controlling access to your device, keeping your device up to date, and detecting and preventing malware, are just some of the steps they are advising consumers to take.
Make sure your staff are educated on the potential threats this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and protect your network.
*Information provided by https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/fake-black-friday-apps-cause/