Phishing Attacks Keep Growing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 02:06 PM gHale

Quite simply phishing works. Over 37 million users globally suffered from phishing attacks in the last year, which is a 87 percent increase for the number of targeted users in 2011-2012, new research said.

Phishing attacks most frequently ended up launched from the U.S., UK, Germany, Russia and India, according to the results of Kaspersky Lab research into the evolution of phishing attacks.

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Most often targeting users are those in Russia, the U.S., India, Germany, Vietnam, the U.K., France, Italy, China and Ukraine, which represent 64 percent of all phishing attack victims within over the survey period.

Yahoo!, Google, Facebook and Amazon are top targets of malicious users.

Online game services, online payment systems, and the websites of banks and other credit and financial organizations are also common targets, but also email services, social networks, online stores and auction venues, blogs, IT company websites, and telecom operator websites.

The number of fraudulent websites and servers used in attacks has more than tripled since 2012, and more than 50 percent of the total number of individual targets was fake copies of the websites of banks and other credit and financial organizations.

The Top 30 websites copied the most often by phishers are mostly services and companies whose names consumers know. The number of attacks against one or another online resource may correspond directly to its popularity.

Depending on the country, the list of the websites visited may change.

Case in point, in the U.S. the top three most targeted sites are Yahoo!, Facebook and Google. The list for Russia goes like this:, VKontakte, and Google Search.

Internet users can encounter links to phishing sites either by surfing the web or via email, but according to the research, the overwhelming majority of phishing attacks launch against users when they are surfing the web, and take the form of banners to legitimate websites, messages on forums and blogs, private messages on social networks.

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