Attention when Christmas shopping online


Last week, Fox IT, a Dutch company specialized in cybersecurity, noted a sharp increase in the number of phishing e-mails with a link to a downloadable zip file. In most of these emails, it is stated that the parcel ordered is on the way, with a request to check your data via a link. Those who click on the link download a zip file which infects their computer with malware trying to worm out your banking data. 

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This is nothing new in itself. Phishing is something we are confronted with every day. This time, however, the cybercriminals seem to have planned their actions very well indeed. “It seems as if the criminals are preparing themselves for the holidays,” the company says on its website.

The company deduced this from the list of websites mentioned in the phishing e-mails. In addition to banks, webshops such as Coolblue, Amazon, Otto (which is very popular in the Netherlands), and for instance were also in the list. All of them are websites that do extremely well during the holiday season.

Those who opened the malicious zip file were asked for their credit card details during a subsequent visit to one of those websites. That in itself is not strange for webshops or e-banking applications. But beware when you are asked for your details at an unusual moment.

Keep an eye out for criminals who attack your computer by sending e-mails that look legitimate and have links and attachments. Be alert when websites ‘behave’ differently than what you are used to and ask for credit card data or other personal details when normally they do not do so.

“As always, the moral of the story is: do not click on links in e-mails and certainly do not open zip or other files attached to those e-mails,” concludes Kristof Tuyteleers, security officer of DNS Belgium.


Tricksters lure you to a fake website that is a copy of a real one. They then get you to log in with your user name, password and credit card number. Once you’ve done that, the fraudster has your details.


Domain Name System or Domain Name Server. The global DNS is the system and protocol used on the internet to translate domain names into IP addresses and vice versa.