Count the Phish - Macy's Black Friday

Count the Phish: Macy's Black Friday

The webpage below contains one or more red flags that makes it a phishing site. How many do you count?

Macy's Black Friday Phishing Scam

 

Answer: There are 4 red flags. Let’s take a look.

Phishing details:

  1. The first red flag is the phony URL. The actual “macys.com” domain is not the one being used here. Instead it’s “macys.blockfriday.com.” You could fall for it because you’re assuming that they may have set up a separate site specifically for Black Friday. But then why would a reputable organization like Macy’s go with a domain like “blockfriday.com”? This is clearly a domain setup by malicious phishers.
  2. The hyperlink for “DEALS” actually carries what is known as, a cross-site scripting attack. When the button is clicked, a new page will be loaded and this page will cause the browser to execute the script that you see in the URL called “Black_Friday().” This is most likely a malicious script. Plus, you can see again that the domain is still the phishy one from #1 above.
  3. The next red flag is the result of a sloppy hacker at work. If you see the copyright notice at the bottom of the page, it says “© 2019 macy.com” instead of “© 2019 macys.com.
  1. The last red flag is the Facebook hyperlink in the social media buttons at the bottom of the page. That’s not Macy’s Facebook page. Often times, hackers will try to lead you to other sites, including well-known social media sites, where they’ve planted malicious scripts or other such malicious ploys.

Macy's Black Friday Phishing Scam

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