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Phishers targeting crypto currency and retail sites

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Phishers targeting crypto currency and retail sites

By: HNS Staff/ osted on 29 August 2014.


Online payment services and crypto-currency sites are being targeted by phishers. The number of phishing attacks remained high, and the second quarter of 2014 saw the second-highest number of phishing attacks ever recorded in a quarter since the APWG began tracking by quarterly periods in 2008.

The APWG detected an average of 42,793 new phishing attacks per month in the second quarter. The number of targets dropped slightly from 1Q 2014. Year-over-year, the number of targets was down 17 percent from the 639 observed in Q2 of 2013 to the 531 seen in Q2 of 2014.

Several types of targets were attacked more than in the past. Attacked more frequently were growing online and alternate payment services. Examples include the Austrian cashless payments site PayLife, Hong Kong-based alternate payment system Perfect Money, and Payoneer, an Internet-based financial services business that allows users to transfer money and receive payments through re-loadable prepaid MasterCard debit cards. Attacks against established providers dipped.


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(Phishers go after unprecedented breadth of targets)

By HNS Staff/ Posted on 26 September 2014.


Apple is the most phished brand in the world, accounting for 17 percent of all phishing reports sampled and analyzed from the first half of 2014, say the results of the new Global Phishing Survey released by APWG.

Apple’s brand and associated marques, such as iTunes and iPad, eclipsed perennial phishing target favorite PayPal with the computing device manufacturer enduring 21,951 of the 123,741 phishing reports sampled.

PayPal was the second most phished brand, targeted in 17,811 attacks, or 14.4 percent of the half’s sample. The Chinese marketplace Taobao was third with 16,418 attacks, or 13.2 percent of the sampled attacks.

“As the world’s most valuable brand with a massive on-line user base, Apple has always been a phishing target, and with phishers concentrating more and more on online account takeover, consumers’ Apple ID’s are a tempting target,” said Rod Rasmussen, President and CTO of IID and the survey’s co-author.




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