Black Friday Kicks Off Red-Letter Week For Phishers

Holiday shoppers may have been out and about over the Thanksgiving weekend, but phishers apparently were hard at work.

Cyveillance today reported that it recorded some 8,298 phishing threats during Thanksgiving week, a 300 percent increase from last year. In addition, Black Friday saw attacks increase 380 percent year-over-year, while attacks on Cyber Monday rose nearly 400 percent, up from 242 in 2007 to 954 Monday. Cyveillance said it has also observed an increased use of previously unknown malware in these attacks, allowing the criminals to more easily mask their attacks.

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