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Financial firms and social media remain top phishing targets

Steve Ragan | April 4, 2014
Kaspersky Labs says that nearly 30 percent of all Phishing attacks last year targeted financial institutions, second only to social networking phishing attack campaigns, which accounted for nearly 36 percent of all attacks of this type.

"Apple devices are always a hot topic for news and discussion on the Internet, particularly when a new product is about to be released. For the fraudsters, using "hot" keywords is the usual way of attracting audiences to fake sites and, as the graph shows, this method works," Kaspersky's report explained.

"Apple is not the only [Phished] target that shows a correlation between the number of attacks and the company's activities. Natural disasters and high-profile international events attract active coverage and discussion in the media and on the Internet, giving rise to the emergence of so-called thematic phishing and spam.

"Similarly, large-scale marketing campaigns held by a bank, an e-store or other commercial or financial organizations may become a pretext for phishing."


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