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One in 25 Searchable ‘Black Friday’ Apps Blacklisted as Malicious, Finds Report

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Black Friday is a big day for shoppers. In 2016, 154 million consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend and spent $9.36 billion, constituting a year-over-year increase of 16.4 percent.

More than half of that money spent ($5.27 billion) occurred online. Building on those figures, Black Friday 2017 looks like it will be even bigger than in previous years. Forbes forecasts consumer spending over the holiday weekend will increase by 47 percent.

Given the amount of money involved, it’s not a surprise that threat actors prey on shoppers around Black Friday. These bad actors leverage phishing pages, malicious apps and malware to make off with unsuspecting users’ credit card information.

They also steal access to people’s email and social media accounts, so that they can potentially exfiltrate sensitive information and launch secondary attacks against victims’ family, friends and contacts.

To help protect users this holiday season, RiskIQ ran a keyword query of the RiskIQ Global...(continued)

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