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Holiday season scams give criminals perfect opportunity to victimize

Cybercriminals have easy access to shopper data during holiday shopping season, as they rack up victims
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Dec 10, 2014 10:24 pm

As people spend more money this Christmas shopping season, 44 percent of consumers are ordering presents online - and cybercriminals continue to look for new methods to compromise victims. Cybercriminals have ramped up their social engineering attacks, launching phishing campaigns on email addresses, with cybersecurity experts continuing to warn shoppers about fraudulent emails.




Cybercriminals have shown increased interest in mimicking delivery updates, pose as retailers or banks, and some of the emails are surprisingly clever.


"It's seasonal - hackers will use the season to take advantage of you," said Claire Rosenzweig, Better Business Bureau president and CEO. "Everybody's all excited. They're shopping, they're shipping and scammers love this because we're all trusting."


Phishing attacks aren't new, but criminals are evolving their tactics to trick users into turning over personal information - and installing malware masked in attachments.


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