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As people in the United States prepared to tuck into their Thanksgiving dinner, and tune out the incessant ads urging them to take advantage of the allegedly great shopping opportunities to follow in the form of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it was a perfect time to consider . . . what the cybercriminals were up to. One of the most widely covered stories this week was about some virus-laden malware being distributed worldwide in the form of “free” iTunes gift certificates. PC World headlined its coverage Fake iTunes Gift Certificate Could Ruin Your Black Friday, while the BBC provided a global reach with its Black Friday iTunes infected credit malware alert. Dark Reading reminded retailers not to drop their guard even during the rush of eager consumers, with its article PCI Rules Apply Even On Black Friday, while wrote of other threats to be mindful of, with its coverage E-Commerce, Retail Websites Alert for DDoS Attacks this Holiday Season. Here’s to hoping that everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday, and that you were able to avoid digital turkeys bearing malware.

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