DHL and Luis Vuitton were victims of identity theft for Black Friday

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DHL and Luis Vuitton were victims of identity theft for Black Friday

Black Friday. (photo: Daily Express)

Another year of Black Friday arrives, the commercial tradition imported from the United States (where it is celebrated on the Friday before Thanksgiving) and which not only marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping campaign, but also for many businesses it represents a good part of their annual turnover.

But not everything is rosy. Well, Check Point Software Technologies, a cybersecurity provider, is warning Black Friday shoppers to beware of phishing scams as two well-known brands are being targeted by cybercriminals.

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Examples of malicious activity detected

1. DHL impersonation

The specialists mentioned above discovered an email campaign impersonating the delivery company DHL.

The emails were sent from the email address [email protected][.]com” and were spoofed to appear as if they were sent from “Shipping Tracking”.

< p class="paragraph">The email had a malicious URL attached to it, designed to steal the victim's identity by claiming they had to pay for delivery.

DHL and Luis Vuitton were victims of identity theft for Black Friday

DHL. (Photo: TechInformed)

2. Louis Vuitton impersonation

CPR identified a malicious email posing as fashion brand Louis Vuitton with the subject line “Black Friday.” “From USD$ 100. You will fall in love with the prices”, could be read in the email message. After clicking, the site would take the user to a malicious place on the internet.

Over the past month, there has been an increasing number of incidents on these domains, reaching almost 15,000

DHL and Luis Vuitton were victims of identity theft for Black Friday

Illustrative photo of phishing. (photo: F-Secure-Blog)

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Five recommendations for buying online at Black Friday

1. Beware of offers

During this season, promotional and offer emails increase, although many of them are false. To avoid entering an infected link, rapidly spreading an attack, do not click on them but go directly to the main page of the offerer, preferably typing the full URL address.

2. Protect personal data

“All the information that is shared on social networks, identification data, addresses, tastes and preferences, are of great importance for online stores, and also for cybercriminals,” explained Omer Dembinsky, Data Group Manager at Check Point Software.

You should then only enter the data in the mandatory fields and not in the optional ones, in addition to avoiding linking social networks with online stores, thus avoiding that this data can be used to answer security questions

DHL and Luis Vuitton were victims of identity theft for Black Friday

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3. Be careful with apps and their permissions

It is extremely important to control the permissions that each application requests to download it, since many request access and control over SMS, bluetooth or photos stored on the device.

4. Using private networks

Do not neglect the network to which the device connects. Provide connections from own devices. In the case of shopping applications, it must be validated that they are verified by the establishment or brand that distributes the product.

Finally, if there is no other way than to use free connectivity options in public spaces, it is advisable to use it as limited as possible.

5. If using a PC, keep the antivirus updated

The antivirus protection, as well as a malware detector , it should be used both in the office and on personal devices.

DHL and Luis Vuitton were victims of phishing for Black Friday

Antivirus. (photo: Celularphoria)

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