Last November, Cyber Monday was the largest online sales day ever, with people spending six billion dollars according to Adobe. Black Friday brought in more than $5 billion in sales.
Hackers are looking for a quick payday from unsuspecting shoppers, whether it’s through attacking retailers or tricking people directly.
“Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great days for getting deals while shopping online, but it’s also a time when hackers are on the prowl.
Magecart, which comprises multiple hacker groups, has been targeting thousands of websites and stealing financial information from unsuspecting customers. The thieves have hit British Airways, Ticketmaster UK and NewEgg in the last five months.
If you’re going to shop online, especially looking for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, security experts recommend watching out for scams and fake websites.
The NCSA recommends avoiding deals coming in via email, and suggests heading to the store’s website directly. Fake deals will often have typos and suspicious email addresses, Schrader said.
This group claimed to have hacked CNN, ISIS, and the Afghani and Israeli governments, but it so far hasn’t provided any proof of its latest claim. The Ghost Squad Hackers boasted of its exploits on Twitter, although it so far hasn’t provided any proof that it was behind the outage.
Three billion Yahoo accounts — including email, Tumblr, Fantasy, and Flickr — or three times as many as the company initially reported in 2016 were hacked.
Names, email addresses, and passwords, but not financial information, were breached, Yahoo said last year
The new disclosure comes four months after Verizon (VZ, Tech30) acquired Yahoo’s core internet assets for $4.48 billion. Yahoo is part of Verizon’s digital media company, which is called Oath.
Verizon revised the number of breached accounts to three billion after receiving new information.
“The company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft,” Verizon said in a statement.
Verizon would not provide any information about who the outside forensics experts are.
Yahoo will send emails to the additional affected accounts. Following the hacking revelations last year, Yahoo required password changes and invalidated unencrypted security questions to protect user information.
According to experts, it’s not uncommon for forensic investigations to expose a greater number of victims than initial estimates.
Whole Foods said it was alerted to a potential breach after it “receiving information about an unauthorized access of payment card information. It appears that Whole Foods did not detect the compromise itself, but was informed by a third party instead.
The good news is that it’s pretty easy to block the network that The Pirate Bay is using. The bad news is that you’ll need to know the specific URL for other networks.
Coin Hive is attempting to make a reliable mining service that’s simple for webmasters to set up. There are a few ways to block it. The fastest method is to just install No Coin in Chrome. The plug-in was recently put together by a programmer named Rafael Keramidas and for the moment, it only blocks Coin Hive.
But you may not even need a new plug-in because ad blocking software can do it, too. For AdBlock, you can find instructions for your specific browser and system here. Using Chrome as an example, you’d go to your list of extensions > find AdBlock and click options > click the customize tab at the top > click block an ad by its URL > in the text field that appears enter: