Financial phishing targets in 2013
In 2013, Kaspersky Lab heuristic anti-phishing technologies blocked a total of 330 million attacks, an increase of 22.2% from the previous yearFraudsters use the brand names of major companies with large client databases in search of a big criminal profit. For example, about 60% of all phishing attacks using fake bank pages exploited the names of just 25 organizations. Among e-payment systems the phishers’ “favorites” are even more clearly-defined: 88.3% of phishing attacks in this category involved one of four international brands: PayPal, American Express, Master Card and Visa. For several years in a row Amazon.com has been the most popular cover for phishing attacks exploiting the names of online stores. Over the reported period its name was used in 61% of online trade-related phishing attacks. The Top 3 also included Apple and eBay, but both of them lagged well behind Amazon. “Phishing attacks are so popular because they are simple to deploy and extremely effective. It is often not easy for even advanced Internet users to distinguish a well-designed fraudulent site from a legitimate page, which makes it even more important to install a specialized protection solution. In addition, phishing causes reputational and financial damage to organizations that see their brands exploited in phishing attacks,” commented Sergey Lozhkin, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab. The standard anti-phishing mechanisms in Kaspersky Lab security solutions for home users and small businesses are supplemented with Safe Money technology that reliably protects user data during online banking or payment sessions. The effectiveness of this technology is confirmed by special trials carried out by independent test labs such as AV-TEST, MRG Effitas and Matousec. Companies which need to safeguard their clients from cybercriminals and to protect their own reputations may benefit from Kaspersky Lab’s comprehensive Kaspersky Fraud Prevention platform. It was developed to deliver rigorous, multi-layered security for online banking and includes programs for customer endpoints, a server solution to check customer transactions as well as a set of components to develop protected mobile applications. Phishers don’t just imitate the websites of financial institutions – they also frequently attack via social networking sites. In 2013, the number of attacks using fake pages of Facebook and other social networking sites grew by 6.8 percentage points and accounted for 35.4% of the total. The ‘Financial cyber threats in 2013’ report used data obtained voluntarily from Kaspersky Security Network participants. Kaspersky Security Network is a globally distributed cloud-based infrastructure designed to quickly process depersonalized data about threats which users of Kaspersky Lab’s products encounter. Statistics about phishing attacks were obtained based on Kaspersky Lab web anti-phishing detections.
Phishing attacks targets categories. India, 2013
TOP 10 targets, India
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