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Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats


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Dancers rehearse in New York City's Herald Square in preparation for Thursday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Credit: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images/Macy's Inc.

As Thanksgiving approaches, hackers and scammers are setting up a buffet of digital attacks and getting ready to feast on unguarded data.

Holidays are often a busy and lucrative time for criminal hackers who target companies they suspect will be more vulnerable because they're operating with bare-bones staff.

Hackers also pepper consumers with digital scams focused on the holidays. Examples include emails and text messages that appear to be from online shops but actually contain malicious software that will infect their phone or computer and steal data.

From The Washington Post
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