Amazon Prime Day shoppers targeted with malware and phishing campaigns


BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW: Inc.’s annual Amazon Prime Day is attracting the interest of hackers attempting to target shoppers.
The annual event, delayed earlier in the year due due to COVID-19 is being actively targeted with emails and SMS text messages that offer fake deals in an effort to trick users into downloading malware or to “phish” their Amazon accounts by appearing to be someone the account owner knows.
Those warnings are reflected in research from Bolster Inc. and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Both warn that there has been an alarming increase in the number of registered domains related to Amazon that are malicious. Hackers use fake sites as part of phishing scams.
Shashi Prakash, chief technology officer at Bolster, a company that provides deep learning-powered fraud prevention, told SiliconANGLE that the huge spike in phishing and fraud sites in September is a strong indication that cybercriminals will be active and trying to profit from the Prime Day frenzy. “Shoppers need to stay alert to avoid giving up their personal information or buying products on fraudulent sites for things they will never receive,” he said.
Hank Schless, senior manager, security solutions at mobile security solutions firm Lookout Inc., compared the …