Consumers stumbling to the couch in a turkey-induced coma with their laptop or phone in hand ready to hit the cyber-holiday sales are not alone in being targeted by cybercriminals.

Retailers and businesses also may be affected by the dramatic increase in malicious threats that target shoppers looking for buys on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This can include being hit with ransomware and having to make the decision whether or not to pay up or risk losing sales during the busiest shopping period of the year.

For retailers much of the damage done may be to their reputation as malicious actors generate hundreds of brand and website-specific email scams and fake websites designed to confuse and entice anxious shoppers.

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