Report: Phishing Scams Increasingly Using Mobile Apps to Bait Victims
PCWorld, By Tony Bradley
When it comes down to it, spam and phishing
scams rely primarily on exploiting trust. If the attacker can find a way to
make the message appear to be from a known source, the odds that a user will
take the bait are much higher. This has led to malware infections that access
your contacts and send out infected emails on your behalf to everyone you know,
and those same basic techniques have been adapted for instant messaging, social
networks, and even SMS text messaging. According to a new report from Kaspersky
Lab, Mobile apps are the new frontier.
“Gadgets have become popular even among those
who had little interaction with computers and are less familiar with computer
security," Darya Gudkova, head of the content analysis and research
department for Kasperky Lab, said in an email. "This opens up new vectors
of attacks for spammers and phishers. Read more.