FBI warns of holiday online flash sales operated by ID thieves

By Aliya Sternstein

November 21, 2012

The feds are out with their annual tips on avoiding Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other holiday-related online scams. This year, flash sales, social media come-ons and mobile shopping apps increasingly are targeting gift-givers, according to the FBI, Homeland Security Department and security researchers. And the schemes net personal information, not just cash. For instance:

A post by antivirus software-maker Symantec, peppered with product pitches of its own, notes that mobile shopping apps are a rising threat:

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has republished a 2011 advisory on seasonal computer infections. The alert focuses on scams instigated by email, such as virus-laden season’s greetings e-cards and requests for end-of-year donations from shady charities: 


By Aliya Sternstein

November 21, 2012

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2012/11/fbi-warns-holiday-online-flash-sales-operated-id-thieves/59694/