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Hackers love holidays - Beware of hackers planting Valentine’s Day malware
Thursday, 13 February 2020 11:49

Security researchers at Check Point technologies published a study revealing a startling spike in malicious activity on the internet during the month of February.According to Check Point, the increase in malicious websites containing the word "Valentine" jumped over 200% compared to the previous months. Additional spikes were seen in malicious sites containing the word "chocolate." Hackers are a tricky bunch, and they're banking on people to search for Valentine's Day content and chocolate in February.The goal, as per usual with malicious sites and phishing scams, is to trick a user into visiting nefarious pages and infecting their systems.
To protect yourself this February, firstly, avoid visiting places you aren't sure about. Secondly, stick to mainstream websites with heavy traffic that are unlikely to sport any kind of malicious code or advertisements. Additionally, be highly skeptical about "special offers" which are a classic bait-and-switch tactic used by cyber criminals.

 
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