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Posted November 17, 2016
London – (17 November 2016)
50 million online attacks predicted globally over “Hack Friday” and “Cybercrime Monday” week as retailers brace for the biggest online Christmas ever seen.
UK retailers are expected to see a dangerous spike in online criminal activity in the run up to Christmas 2016. According to recent data from ThreatMetrix®, The Digital Identity Company®, over 20 million cyber attacks are expected to target online retailers and shoppers in the UK alone, across the last quarter of the year.
Data revealed today in the Q3 2016 Cybercrime Report indicates the latest trends across the global threat landscape. This is based on analysis from the ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network® which protects more than 20 billion transactions across the globe every year.
2016 Festive Shopping Season Predictions:
“The ThreatMetrix Q3 2016 Cybercrime Report does a good job of depicting the escalating cyber attacks that merchants and financial institutions must deal with. Add to this the fact that more consumers than ever will shop online this holiday season, and 2016 promises to be a banner year for fraudsters,” said Julie Conroy, research director at Aite Group, the research and advisory firm. “It’s more important than ever for online merchants to employ technology that can help them effectively differentiate good customers from bad.”
Over the last 90 days, ThreatMetrix detected a huge 130 million attempted attacks, representing a 40 percent leap from the same quarter in 2015. This data strongly indicates that the final quarter of the year, in the run up to the Christmas holiday period, is likely to see more attacks on online business than ever before.
“Fraudsters are using the holiday shopping period to target high value items, such as mobile technology, game consoles and consumer electronics. We’ve seen the types of attacks evolve in sophistication as cybercriminals become more targeted with their approach. We expect the number of fraudulent attempts on ecommerce sites to be 60 percent higher than the same period in 2015,” commented Vanita Pandey, vice president, strategy and product marketing at ThreatMetrix.
UK retailers could lose millions and Cyber Monday to get hit the hardest:
IMRG members are making predictions that retailers will expand their deals and offers over a longer period of time this year. However, the major shopping days between now and Christmas, including Black Friday on 25th November through to Cyber Monday on 28th November, are still expected to become a particular target for online criminals.
Highlights from Q3 2016 Cybercrime Report:
About the ThreatMetrix Q3 2016 Cybercrime Report
The ThreatMetrix Q3 Cybercrime Report is based on actual cybercrime attacks from July to September 2016 that were detected by the ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network during real-time analysis and interdiction of fraudulent online payments, logins and new account applications.
ThreatMetrix®, The Digital Identity Company®, is the market-leading cloud solution for authenticating digital personas and transactions on the Internet. Verifying more than 20 billion annual transactions supporting 30,000 websites and 4,000 customers globally through the ThreatMetrix Digital Identity Network®, ThreatMetrix secures businesses and end users against account takeover, payment fraud and fraudulent account registrations resulting from malware and data breaches. Key benefits include an improved customer experience, reduced friction, revenue gain and lower fraud and operational costs. The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, e-commerce, payments and lending, media, government and insurance.