Cybercriminals Use Holidays to Exploit Online Shoppers’ Vulnerabilities

Last year, in the United States alone, more than 1.244 million data breaches occurred and more than 446.5 million records were disclosed. Consumers would be right to be worried. For those of us who manage security operations, this season of increased risk requires increased attention. The proliferation of networked devices has led to more security holes, making our work much more difficult. Cybercriminals are developing more malicious apps or intensifying phishing campaigns across mobile and social networking platforms. These platforms are offering a growing number of online shopping services, and IBM expects a significant increase in cybercrime, mainly related to computer fraud and identity theft.  Researchers at Tenable, a Columbia,…