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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Phishing attacks up 87 per cent: Report

Phishing attacks, the most common form of cyber crime, are on a rise, both in India and globally. According to a recent report by Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, 37.3 million users around the world were subjected to phishing attacks in 2012-13, up from 87 per cent a year ago. Roughly 10 per cent - 3.7 million annually or around 10,000 per day - of these attacks were targeted at India, which is the third biggest victim after Russia and the US. Kaspersky found that 87.9 per cent of attacks were launched when users were surfing the web services of Yahoo, Facebook, Google and Amazon being targeted the most by hosting fake copies of these websites.

“The more popular a website is, the more frequently malicious users copy it and, as a result, there is a higher probability that a user will run into a fake version as he surfs the web,” says the report.

In its report, Kaspersky also pointed out that 12 per cent of the phishing attacks are carried out through emails. In the same month, cyber criminals hacked into the current account of industrial conglomerate RPG Group of companies and stole Rs 2.4 crore. The report says the US tops the list of countries from which the maximum number of hostile phishing attacks emerge - 18.67 per cent of all attacks.



Posted on 06/22