According to a Kapersky report, there were over 30 million phishing attacks in the first 10 months of 2023. E-commerce platforms were used as a lure in 43.5% of the attacks. With increased shopping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, phishing attacks have increased.
Since October, a notable threefold increase in domains using the words "Black Friday" has been observed. Websites in these domains range from nonexistent stores to convincing replicas of real online outlets.
The research revealed that fraudsters often targeted potential victims with phishing attacks that imitated major ecommerce platforms including Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Alibaba and Mercado Libre. Attacks also often used luxury brands as a lure.
Scammers frequently targeted tech enthusiasts by mimicking Apple products and services around Black Friday. Additionally, gamers have themselves ensnared by console scams, expecting a deal but being left with nothing but data theft.
Read the full report here.