Tech Threats Abound Beyond Spam, Malware During Holidays

The ubiquitous warnings about online shopping risks are well founded. As numerous experts are reminding consumers and businesses, the high season for shopping is also the high season for cybercrime.

To paraphrase the song playing in the mall, “It’s the mo-o-o-ost dangerous time of the year.”

But tech crime is not limited to the cyber world. There are real-world risks as well, largely from sophisticated hardware that can steal your personal information just as effectively as any online scam.

That doesn’t mean the major focus on cyber risks is misplaced they are more varied and abundant than real-world threats.

As CSO reported recently, millions of spoofed emails are already clogging inboxes, purporting to be from online retailers or shipping notifications from FedEx, UPS, and others. Cyber criminals are all over social media sites, trying to get you to click on links from your “friends,” or to open up fake e-cards. Or, they’re trying to scam you into purchasing fraudulent gift cards for unbelievably low prices.

There are also multiple risks from specialty mobile apps, which tend to collect much more information from devices than their users may know, including contact lists.

via Tech threats abound beyond spam, malware during holidays | PCWorld.

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