Amazon is heading for a bumper Black Friday, with recent predictions suggesting that the online retailer will hoover up 65% of all spend with at least 67% of British consumers ditching bricks and mortar outlets in favour of web-based spending this year.
In light of this news Webroot, a market leader in cyber resilience, has released new statistics revealing a huge spike in phishing URLs that include the word ‘Amazon’. The company’s Real-Time Anti-Phishing protection system found the following:
- Phishes targeting Amazon were up 64% in October when compared to September, reflecting Prime Day volumes.
- As of the 15th, November is registering a further 45% increase in average daily Amazon phishes detected when compared to October. This reflects Black Friday deals which have started nearly a month in advance.
When comparing these figures with 2019:
- There was a 101% increase in phishing related to ‘Amazon’ in October 2020 vs. 2019, double the number of phishes compared to last year
- Average daily phishes detected related to ‘Amazon’ in November 2020 vs. 2019 were up 106%, over double the number of phishes in this month last year (up to the 15th of each month).