A report issued by computer security vendor Kaspersky Lab indicates that the company expects an increase in the number of malicious phishing schemes during the holiday season.
This is due to the increase in consumer transactions during the season. The attacks are expected to be particularly from cyber-attackers who have targeted consumers’ reliance on shipping service providers.
Exploiting the high consumer demand for shipping services, attacks present customers with a malicious programme download or phishing site in which to enter their confidential data.
In one of the cases observed by Kaspersky Lab, an e-mail indicated that the customer’s shipment had arrived to the office of DHL, but that the recipient of the cargo must log in to a link within 48 hours and enter some information into the shipment tracking page, otherwise the package will be returned to the sender.
Instead of that link leading to the DHL website, it directed the user to a phishing page designed to look like a DHL page, where the user was required to enter their personal information into a data form.