FYI...Cyber Monday - Beware of Cyber Criminals
Nov 20, 2012 - "Black hat search engine optimization (SEO) attacks will be rampant this week
leading up to Cyber Monday, so beware!... Throughout the year, cyber criminals -target- the most commonly searched keywords, phrases and topics and taint search engine results. They -poison- apparently relevant links, which appear higher than legitimate results, leading unsuspecting victims to malicious sites
. This time of year, black hat SEO attacks typically scam those searching for Thanksgiving recipes, holiday shopping sales and gift guides. Search engines have learned cyber criminal tactics and weed out malicious links. But don’t let other SEO tricks ruin your holiday festivities... What’s the bottom line? If a deal looks too good to be true, you’re probably right! You know this already, but with fierce competition among retailers to offer the lowest price, you may be tempted to click a malicious link. If a link seems even a little suspicious, verify it first. Beyond search engines, protect yourself on social media and email as well. Expand short links with a tool like Untiny
* to make sure they’re authentic. If you’re accidentally redirected to a rogue site, of course, don’t download any software or fill out any surveys
"... the "free lunch" or more to the point 'free gift card' or 'free hugely popular consumer electronic device' is offered in return for the simply filling in an online survey or completing a qualifying purchase in order to secure that vastly more expensive item. Commonly these scams utilize emails and social network posts claiming to be from popular brands informing you that 'You have received a gift card from us' or 'Giveaway'
. The links of course, if not leading you to malicious websites that could potentially compromise your machine, lead you through a series of sites to harvest your personal information and/or entice you into purchasing memberships, ebooks and other items all in order to secure that great freebie. Once harvested, your data at best could be passed to marketing organizations to further target you, or at worst for identity fraud..."
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___132 counterfeit sites seized in Cyber Monday blitz
Nov 26, 2012 - "U.S. and European authorities seized 132 domain names in a counterfeit goods crackdown
linked to Cyber Monday, the online bargain day, the head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The sites, many linked to organized crime, were selling fake goods that ranged from National Football League jerseys and Nike Inc shoes to Adobe Systems Inc software, he said... ICE agents seized 101 domain names in the United States and 31 were taken over by officers in Britain, Romania, Belgium, France and Denmark and by Europol, the European Police Office, ICE Director John Morton said... The Cyber Monday seizures raise the total number of U.S. sites taken over to 1,630 since ICE began its anti-counterfeit campaign in June 2010..."