Amazon Prime day is near, and the cybersecurity firm Tessian had warned that a lot of hackers will use this amazon prime day to run a huge number of scams and to do phishing attacks on consumers.
The major concern of Tessian’s CEO Tim Sadler is that this year due to the pandemic huge number of people are doing online shopping. Apparently, the number of shoppers at this Amazon Prime day will be high than the previous years, thus the number of phishing scams will also be high.
This is not the first time that phishing attacks are predicted, about every year whenever online sale runs, a huge number of hackers run phishing scams.
Cybersecurity firm Tessian warned people from opening emails from unknown senders and also told them to not download any file sent to you by an unknown sender because it can contain malware.
How a phishing attack is done?
A phishing attack is a type of hacking hackers use to get the bank, credit card, or other kind information of common people. What hackers do is that they create a website or webpage which looks exactly the same as the official website. Then a normal consumer fills out the information on that website and all that information is visible to the hacker.
They send emails containing unbelievable offers to random people, and this attempts normal people to go to that website which they think is legit and then fill out their information to avail themselves of such unbelievable offers which are scams.
How to be safe from phishing attacks during Amazon Prime Day?
The common way is that you should check the sender’s email address whenever you receive an offer in an email. If the email address is legit, then you can trust that email. Amazon’s legit email addresses will be for example- [email protected] The XYZ will be different but after the @ symbol there you will see “amazon.com” which shows that it is from amazon.
Another thing to beware of is to not download any malicious file sent to you in an email from an unknown sender, that file may contain malicious malware.
At the last let’s have a look at what Tim Sadler the CEO of Tessian said about these attacks in an interview:-
“Popular shopping days like Amazon Prime Day create the perfect environment for hackers’ phishing attempts. Consumers are expecting to receive more marketing and advertising emails during popular shopping periods, and this makes it easier for cybercriminals to ‘hide’ their malicious messages in people’s noisier-than-usual inboxes. Attackers can also leverage the ‘too-good-to-be-true’ deals, using them as lures to successfully deceive their victims. Throughout this year, we’ve seen cybercriminals “piggy-backing” on high profile events to make their phishing attacks as convincing as possible. We can expect similar tactics this Prime Day, with hackers impersonating Amazon in their emails and supposedly providing people the deals they are seeking.”