Phishing Attacks Increasingly Focus on Social Networks, Studies Show
eWeek, By Robert Lemos
An analysis of
three studies of phishing attacks—each focusing on different data sets—has
suggested that online fraudsters are increasingly attacking social network and
email services because they offer the best prospects for success.
In a survey of
some 9,000 software programs and scripts used for phishing published on June
25, security firm PhishLabs found that—while the brands of financial companies
and e-payment services continued to be the most popular targets—social
networking brands and email services were the focus of more than a third of
The trend was
evident in data collected by antivirus firm Kasperksy Lab as well. In the
firm's quarterly spam report, the Russian security firm found that email search
and social networks accounted for 61 percent of the brands targeted by blocked
phishing attacks. Read more.