Cyveillance saw a significant spike in Phishing: The use of emails that appear to be from a legitimate, trusted source that are enticed to trick recipients into entering valid credentials including personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers into a fake platform or service. LookingGlass Cyber (n) - tailoring an attack (such as email) to garner trust and credentials that are then used maliciously. The preverbal digital version of the ol' hook and bait. threats on Thanksgiving Day, representing more than a 100 percent jump in attacks compared to the average number of phishing attacks seen the in the previous weeks. This one day spike in the number of phishing attacks is a tactic used by criminals around long holiday weekends, targeting a variety of organizations ranging from major corporations to smaller businesses and credit unions.
The trend of phishers launching increased number attacks around Thanksgiving Day or Weekend is in line with trends of previous years. During the holiday season, users should practice extra caution when shopping and conducting business online. The potential for falling victim to phishing attacks can be minimized by never clicking on links within emails and only accessing online applications through known Web sites and pages.