Web Criminals Target Cyber Monday Searches for Kinect, 'Call of Duty'
Cyber Monday is here, but before you take out your credit card and start spending, it's important to know where criminals have laid their virtual traps.
The security firm F-Secure has released its Cyber Monday Cyber-Watch List, a compilation of the most dangerous gifts to search for online during the holiday season. Topping the list is Kinect for Xbox, a popular Xbox gaming accessory that could lead eager online shoppers straight into a trap if they aren't careful.
F-Secure explains that the more popular the gift, "the more likely you are to find a dangerous search result." The corrupted results, called poisoned SEO or Blackhat SEO , are fake websites set up by cybercriminals to prey on people searching for a popular keyword. Once searchers land on the sites, the fake results can infect users' systems with malware.
Rounding out the list of perilous gifts and search terms are "Black Friday Deals," "Cyber Monday Deals," "Toy Story 3," "Susan Boyle" and "Apple iPad."
To avoid becoming a Cyber Monday victim, F-secure recommends visiting a retailer's website directly, and to make sure the site's address begins with "https://" -- a sign that the site is secure -- before taking out your credit card.