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Malicious shopping websites surge in number in advance of Black Friday

Tech Republic – More than 5,300 malicious websites have popped up each week, the highest since the start of 2021, says Check Point Research. “The 2021 holiday season is a busy time for people as they get ready to shop, both at physical stores and at online sites. But of course, this is also a busy time for cybercriminals as they get ready to exploit the season to target consumers with scams. One tactic that attackers use is to set up phony shopping sites to trick people into spending money on fake or nonexistent products. A report released Friday by cyber threat intelligence provider Check Point Research reveals a dramatic rise in these types of sites compared with earlier in 2021. Since the beginning of October, the number of malicious shopping sites has jumped to more than 5,300 ones each week, adding up to an increase of 178% compared with the average number for 2021. And since the start of November, the number of corporate networks impacted by these sites has risen to 1 out of every 38 compared with 1 in 352 earlier in the year…”

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