It’s a Deal, It’s a Steal: How the Holidays Affect Dark Web Cybercriminal Activity

It's a Deal, It's a Steal

As retailers and consumers gear up for the holiday shopping season, cybercriminals have already gotten to work. Low holiday prices and high online traffic provide criminals the perfect opportunity to blend in with legitimate shoppers as they take over accounts, use stored payment information or stolen gift cards to make fraudulent purchases, and exploit Buy Online, Pick Up in Store (BOPIS) policies.

Leading up to Black Friday, criminal marketplaces on the deep and dark web provide discounts on illegal wares that can facilitate online fraud, lowering the barrier to entry for prospective criminals and driving sales. For enterprises, activity on these marketplaces can provide a window into what to expect from online fraudsters throughout the upcoming holiday season.

On Wednesday, December 9 at 2pm CT, SpyCloud researchers will share their annual research into holiday shopping trends across criminal ecommerce platforms, including:

  • What criminals are buying, what prices they’re paying, and what volume of illegal merchandise exchanged hands around Black Friday
  • Which industries and account types are the most popular with cybercriminals this year, and what that means for the upcoming holiday season
  • How 2020 trends compare to what we saw in 2019
  • What enterprises can do to protect themselves and their consumers from online fraud

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It’s a Deal, It’s a Steal: How the Holidays Affect Dark Web Cybercriminal Activity

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