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Phishers hijacking brands from new markets to lure victims

Antone Gonsalves | Nov. 11, 2013
The number of brands used in spoofed emails that trick people into visiting malicious Web sites or clicking on malware attachments rose in the second quarter, an indication that phishers are hijacking the good names of businesses from new markets, a report says.

Globally, the average malware infection rate of computers was 33 percent, up from the first quarter, the report said. China had the highest rate, with more than half of the computers in the country infected.

Other countries above the global average included Turkey, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Russia, Argentina, Taiwan, Slovenia and El Salvador. Europe and Japan had the lowest infection rates and the U.S. fell in the middle with 31 percent.


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