Christmas is a particularly prevalent time for malicious spam messages. In addition to the regular email phishing, phones are also targeted through SMS Phising (smishing) and malicious links embedded in popular messaging apps. Another popular attack vector with cyber criminals is fake refund or shipment tracking sites that attempt to harvest credentials from unsuspecting members of the public. The success of these tactics is based on the increased likelihood of users using an online platform to purchase goods over the period, coupled with the increased urgency people feel to track their purchased goods in order for them to arrive in time for Christmas. This can lead some users to being less vigilant about clicking links and visiting sites than they might otherwise be throughout the year.
It should be noted that even the most advanced threat actors use these methods, particularly at this time of year, to gain unauthorised access to networks or at the very least steal users’ credentials. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01 8424114 and we’ll be happy to put you mind at ease.