Massive Mobile App Fraud Kicks Off Black Friday Cyber Exploits

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Just as the cyber-election manipulators are finishing their work, the "for-profit" population of on-line fraudsters are coming online -- launching their efforts to bilk the public between now and November 25, Black Friday, the peak of heaviest online shopping day of the year.

Mobile app fraud is dominating the first wave of this year's Black Friday cyber attacks. First reported in the New York Post, and further reported in the New York Times, a slew of imitation and copycat mobile apps have appeared online in the last few weeks - parodying trusted brands such as Dollar Tree and Foot Locker, iconic stores like Dillard’s and Nordstrom, online retailers like Zappos.com and Polyvore, and luxury-goods purveyors Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo.

What makes this wave of fraudulent applications different is the targeted platform: Apple's iOS.

Historically, the bulk of fraudulent mobile apps detected and analyzed by BrandProtect and other vendors have appeared on various android platforms and have been distributed via third party and offshore app stores.  Not so with these rogue apps -- these have been discovered on the official Apple App Store.

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Topics: black friday, mobile app monitoring, cyber monday, mobile malware, CISO, External Threat

November Threat Brief: Risk Ahead!

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Tue, Nov 01, 2016

 

From Elections Exploits to Bogus Black Friday Promotions, November is a holiday season for Cyber Criminals!

This month's BrandProtect Executive Threat Brief focuses in on the many traps that cyber criminials will set for you during this crazy time. Some will spring from the upcoming elections, others will be retail-shopping related, but all will be dangerous! 

Download this month's threat brief and learn more!

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Topics: black friday, cyber monday, 2016 Elections, ThreatBrief

The BrandProtect Report: BlackFriday & CyberMonday 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Tue, Dec 16, 2014


  • Mobile App Threat Potential Triples
  • More than 150K scam and fraudulent activity mentions across Social Media
  • 27,000 unique phishing attacks
BrandProtect recently concluded a month of online threat monitoring focused in on detecting potential online scams and malicious activities targeting consumers during the BlackFriday / CyberMonday shopping season across the USA.

This is the third year that BrandProtect has investigated this online event.

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Topics: black friday, Social Media Monitoring, Phishing, cyber monday, mobile malware

Cyber Monday Threats To Companies Grow in 2013

Posted by Greg Mancusi-Ungaro

Thu, Dec 05, 2013

It will be no surprise to enterprise security departments -- especially CSOs at major retailers and e-tailers -- that the biggest days of the year for shopping are also the biggest days of the year for identity theft, brand abuse, and other forms of Internet crime. 

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Topics: Brand Protection, Reputation Management, cyber monday, Risk, infographic

INFOGRAPHIC: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Monitoring

Posted by Omri Benhaim

Mon, Dec 03, 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2012 are done, but the holidays are still upon us. Is your current monitoring platform enough?

Do you monitor your brand on Social Media? If you do then you have taken a big step in protecting your brand online, but social media monitoring is only one slice of the brand protection pie. Scammers employ various methods in an attempt to divert, confuse and steal from your customers, which, if left unattended tarnishes your brand’s reputation.

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Topics: black friday, mobile app monitoring, Brand Protection, Domain Management, Copyright Law, Social Media Monitoring, cybercrime, trademark, cyber monday, online sales

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