More than 5. Scams popped up more frequently on third-party app stores than Google Play and Apple's App Store, but offending apps showed up everywhere. Some also extend their phishing schemes by pretending to have users link the app with a trusted service like Facebook or Google, to steal those login credentials.
The researchers found more than 6, malicious apps posing as special Black Friday or Cyber Monday downloads from top retail brands. The growing mobile threat matters, given the rise of smartphone shopping. For Black Friday , the marketing analytics firm Criteo found that 40 percent of all online transactions took place on smartphones, up 11 percent from This year's holiday shopping season faces particular threats from the e-commerce attacker known as Magecart , a constellation of criminal groups known for aggressively compromising retail websites with credit card number skimmers.
The hackers place code in a brand's legitimate website, often a simple keylogger, that records credit card numbers as customers type them into legitimate checkout forms. In recent months, British Airways, Ticketmaster, and the popular electronics retailer Newegg have all suffered Magecart attacks, potentially exposing millions of customers. As always, be careful to only shop on legitimate websites and apps, says Scott Grissom, chief product officer at LegalShield. Only download apps from vetted stores like Google Play and Apple's App Store, and choose the most popular and highly rated version of apps.
You can also check the developer account that posted an app if you want to get a sense of its reputation or confirm its legitimacy. For browsing websites, only click top-ranked search results, or even type URLs in manually if you're really worried. Check links for typos, repeated letters, or other flaws that could indicate an imposter site. Grissom also suggests keeping an eye on your bank statements and credit card bills so you can catch any suspicious activity quickly. And perhaps most importantly, beware deals that are just too good to be true.
As with all hustles, Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams will try to create a sense of urgency that spurs you to grab deals before they're gone.
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Be alert to bogus emails that appear to come from your tax professional, requesting information for an IRS form. Variations can be seen via text messages.
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