Kaspersky’s researchers warn of a sharp increase in fraudulent activity on e-commerce platforms. The increase occurred during the period of active sales in Asian countries, Single’s Day or known as the 11 November promo (11.11).
Although the commemoration of the day came from China, it has now become relevant for electronic market users worldwide. Promos and sales in the season before the holidays on the Asian global platform are welcomed internationally, including in Indonesia with many online shopping platforms offering attractive promos at 11.11.
From the enthusiasm of the online shopping promo, scammers are now targeting users in various languages. Kaspersky researchers detected a surge in financial phishing attacks before the November 11 sale in 2018.
The average number of financial phishing attacks is said to have fluctuated around 350 thousand per day in October. Then, a few days before 11 November 2018, the surge in attacks reached more than 950 thousand. The researchers also found spam and phishing attacks similar today. People are also advised to remain cautious about their buying activities.
Apart from that, Kaspersky researchers also found several threats in mobile applications disguised as popular e-commerce platforms. Some stores that have special offers for November 11 are generally quite high.
In 2019, 83 percent of online stores masquerading as Asian marketplaces, while in 2018 the number would reach 93 percent. “While November 11 is the best time to shop, because discounts and promotions are well advertised to users, but also at the same time the best momentum for phishers and spammers. Fraudsters will definitely become more active during this period, “security researcher at Kaspersky, Andrey Kostin, said in an official statement to JawaPos.com.
In pursuit of big discounts and limited offers, people tend to lose their guard and it is difficult to distinguish between phishing and legitimate websites. However, things like that should not be an obstacle for those who want to hunt for the best deals. Consumers do not need to worry as long as they follow the basic rules in hygiene cyber security appropriately.
To ensure your November 11 shopping activities are not disturbed by spam and phishing, Kaspersky gives the following tips.
First, if you receive a link about a tempting offer via email, be sure to check the embedded hyperlink. The reason is, the link can be different from what is seen. If so, access the deal page directly through the legitimate website.
Second, make sure you only make purchases through the official market and pay attention to the web address, if you are directed through another landing page. If the web address is different from the official store, consider checking back by searching for it on the official web page.
Third, use a security solution with behavior-based anti-phishing technology. Finally, never use the same password for multiple websites or services. The reason is, if something is stolen, all your accounts will be vulnerable. To create a strong anti-hack password without having to face any difficulty remembering it, we recommend using a password manager.