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Scammers Poured Themselves a Glass and Got to Work on Wine-Themed phishing Emails in 2020
Lots of people opened up bottles of wine on Zoom visits in isolation. And, 2020 saw rising wine sales and digital scams to match. Researchers at Recorded Future and Area 1 Security witnessed an increase in wine-themed domain registrations and phishing emails beginning in the spring of 2020. Take a look at numerous attack campaigns preying on wine lovers.
Fraudulent domains and Phishing Emails
Monthly sign-ups for wine-themed domains grew from an average of 4,000 to 5,500 in March 2020. The number rose to 7,200 a month later before exploding to 12,400 in May. After that, wine-themed domain registrations averaged anywhere from 7,000 to 9,500. That’s two or three times the amount of the year prior.
Malicious domain registrations for wine followed a similar pattern to the honest ones. These domains topped out at 668 in May. That number hovered between 230 and 430 for the rest of the year. Fraudsters used those websites to launch a variety of digital attacks, including phishing emails.
“The majority of activity we saw over the last year