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[May 02, 2014]

Phishing Against E-Stores Soars

(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KASPERSKY Lab, one of the biggest online security vendors, reported a surge in phishing attacks on online stores in March.

Despite the increased share of phishing attacks on e-stores, the most frequently attacked category of organisation was still social networking sites (23,5 percent).

There were also lots of malicious attachments sent on behalf of various well-known financial organisations.

These attachments often contained malware that stole browser cookies or passwords for email programmes and sent the data to a remote server run by cybercriminals.

Kaspersky said second after social networks were the email and instant messenger services category (16,6).

The share of search engines (14,4) and financial and e-pay organisations dropped by 2 and 3.5 percentage points respectively, resulting in search engines leapfrogging financial services into third place.


The proportion of phishing attacks on online stores grew by 8,9 percentage points, moving that category up two places to fifth (12.8).

"Cybercriminals are very resourceful and are constantly coming up with new ways to trick users.

"Any messages from unknown senders, no matter how important they may seem, should be treated with a lot of scepticism," Maria Vergelis, Spam Analyst at Kaspersky, commented.

Copyright CAJ News Agency. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com).

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