RiskIQ's 2020 Holiday Shopping E-commerce Blacklist Threat Report

Critical Threat and Consumer Intel for This Year's Shopping Season, Including Black Friday and Cyber Week

Over Thanksgiving weekend, you can be sure that cyber criminals got their fill, too. They'll continue to target shoppers and top e-commerce brands throughout the holiday shopping season.

Digital commerce has the potential to break records this year, with extraordinary circumstances funneling more shoppers to digital outlets than ever before. Even considering widespread belt-tightening caused by COVID-19-related job loss, Deloitte projects a continued rise in retail sales over last year's figures. The firm forecasts that U.S. e-commerce sales could rise by as much as 35%. Meanwhile, eMarketer projects a 10% fall in overall holiday sales in the U.K, but a 17% rise in e-commerce sales due to limited in-store retail options.

To analyze the methods these cybercriminals will employ this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and where they're targeting their malicious efforts, RiskIQ ran a keyword query of our Internet Intelligence Graph focusing on the ten most trafficked sites in the U.S. and U.K.

This report will dive into RiskIQ's Internet Intelligence Graph to expose the e-commerce threat landscape during the busiest shopping period of the year and how threat actors target these top e-commerce brands.

The report’s threat findings include:

  • The total number of potentially malicious apps that can be found by searching for terms related to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and Boxing Day in app stores worldwide.
  • The total number of malicious URLs and domain infringement events related to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and boxing day.
  • The total number of blacklisted apps for the top-ten e-commerce brands in the U.S. and U.K.
  • Amount of incidents of domain infringement across the top-ten e-commerce brands in the U.S. and U.K.
  • Why Magecart will be a prevalent threat this holiday shopping season
  • Guidance for consumers on how to stay safe

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