Each year the festive season sees a peak in the number of cyberattacks, with hackers attracted by an increase in online purchases and lower vigilance levels.
Online security giant Kaspersky reports that holiday season hacking rates increased by over 20% in the 2017 festive season – a trend expected to rise in 2018.
“All businesses that receive customer details – especially those with e-commerce facilities – need to be hyper-alert over the summer season. Security systems must be up to date and monitored 24/7 for breaches,” says Thomas Vollrath, head of local hosting company 1-grid.com.
The most common form of attack is phishing – making up over 50% of seasonal attacks in 2017.
Phishing scams are often “special offers” or well wishes from impersonators, designed to steal the account details of an online user or install malware to breach security defences.