Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Phishing attacks rising at an alarming rate in India

As per the latest report by Kasperky, around 10,000 Indian internet users are facing phishing attacks from cybercriminals on a daily basis. Phishing is a kind of internet fraud in which criminals create a fake copy of any popular site and try to tempt the users to these fake web pages. The website could be anything like an email service, internet banking sites or any popular networking site.

According to the Kasperky’s report, on an average the world witnessed 1.02 lakh phishing attacks each day last year. "In 2012-2013, 102,100 users around the world were subjected to phishing attacks on a daily basis. In Russia, 19,000 users were attacked each day, 12,000 in the US, 10,000 in India, 6,000 in Germany, 3,000 in France, and another 3,000 in the UK," said the report. The figures were a lot lower in 2011-12. Over the period, about 52,000 users globally were under phishing attacks daily.

"Overall, the volume and intensity of phishing attacks have more than doubled over the past two years," it said. In 2012-2013, 37.3 million users around the world were subjected to phishing attacks, up 87% from 2011-2012.

"Most often, phishing attacks targeted users in Russia, the US, India, Vietnam and the UK. Phishing attacks were most frequently launched from the US, the UK, Germany, Russia and India," the report highlighted. Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Amazon are top targets of malevolent users. Online game websites, online payment sites, the bank websites and other credit and financial groups are also frequent targets, it added.

Over 20% of all phishing attacks targeted banks and other credit and financial institutions, sais Kaspersky in the report. At the time of survey, Kaspersky Lab specialists compared data on phishing attacks from over 50 million Kaspersky Security Network users between 1 May 2012 and 30 April 2013 with figures for the equivalent period of 2011-2012.

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