Say that 5 times fast without slurring.
The problem of phishing continues to be a problem, and while many things are being done to change the tide, perhaps the best thing is to make the user aware of the places that are on the top of the list mentioned in the attacks.
A list maintained by the company that makes the Avira antivirus software has a monthly list, and though it is for the previous month, it does a good job of predicting trends.
gHacks has pointed this out this month ( I knew about it, and I check it as a point of interest, but I generally don’t worry, as I don’t as a matter of policy, respond to any commercial requests). The list includes perennial favorite PayPal, but also others you might not think of so quickly.
Phishing is still one of the biggest threats that users face on the Internet these days. Many security programs and web browsers offer phishing protection but these only catch the known phishing attacks which means that users still have to cope with the unknown attacks until they are identified by the applications.
Avira has published their January statistics of the most phished brands. This information can be helpful to identify or avoid services that are targeted the most by phishing attacks.
Most of the phishing attacks are carried out against financial services and sites. The only non-financial service in the top 16 list is Facebook.
The phishing list is tipped by PayPal which was the target of the phishing attack in 61.89% of all cases followed by HSBC Bank with 8.59% and Bank of America with 6.09% of all attacks.
Other companies in the list include Ebay, Abbey Bank, Chase Bank, Banco Poste Italiane, Alliance Leicester, Western Union and Citibank.
It is obviously not always possible to switch a company or service based on the phishing statistics but it should warn users that use these brands to be very cautious when they receive emails that seem to come from those companies. (via Avira)
I would not have thought of Western Union, for in this day, I know of no person that uses it. Offshore banks I think would be very suspect as well, and so here, in the U.S. it would seem that these things would not be given a try because of rejection at face value.
Forewarned is forearmed.
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